Khloe Kardashian gets her (domain) name

Khloe will get domain name registered shortly after her first TV appearance.

TV celebrity Khloe Kardashian has won a cybersquatting dispute, and will soon by the proud owner of the KhloeKardashian.com domain name.

Kardashian and her agents filed the case against the domain name with World Intellectual Property Organization nearly two months ago.

The domain name did not resolve to a web page at the time, but it was parked prior to that. It was also listed for sale on GoDaddy, but the listing has been removed.

The owner of the domain name didn’t respond to the cybersquatting complaint. Noting that the domain name was registered just two weeks after Khloe Kardashian first appeared on the TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, panelist Ian Lowe said it was obvious the domain was registered to profit from the prospective fame of Khloe.

GoDaddy loses first UDRP from Marchex portfolio acquisition

No one responded to the dispute.

GoDaddy has lost its first UDRP from the portfolio it acquired from Marchex in April.

The company didn’t respond to a UDRP filed by Dairyland Midwest, Inc. d/b/a AgVision for the domain name AgVision.com.

When the UDRP was filed last month, World Intellectual Property Organization sent a notice of the dispute to all contacts on the domain name. That included an @archeo.com email address as well as sales@nnamefind.com. Although the latter email address appears to be a typo, it’s also owned by the NameFind subsidiary.

The name was listed for sale for $5,199.

GoDaddy is no stranger to being on the receiving end of UDRPs, but it’s been a while. It lost a bunch of cases when it was running its Standard Tactics company to pick up expiring domains.

American Automobile Association loses cybersquatting case against locksmith

Group went after locksmith in Naples who uses the business name AAA Locksmith.

AAAAmerican Automobile Association (AAA) has lost a cybersquatting claim against a Florida locksmith who uses the brand AAA Locksmith.

Adam Cooper uses the domain name AAALocksmithNaples.com for his business, and AAA filed a UDRP with World Intellectual Property Organization to take his web address.

The panel agreed that AAA is commonly used in business names and that American Automobile Association did not show that Cooper lacked rights or legitimate interests in the domain name. The panel also determined that the domain name was not registered or used in bad faith.

Cooper represented himself in the case. Unfortunately for him, AAA is known for turning to the courts when it doesn’t get its way in a UDRP. In 2009 it lost a UDRP for aaa.net but subsequently won it in a court decision.

AAA has used UDRP to recover ridiculous domain names such as aaaerotica.com, aaanudes.com, and aaablondes.com.

Major.com UDRP denied, but no RDNH

A UDRP for a major domain name.

Major.comA single member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP filed by Major Wire Industries Limited against the owner of Major.com. Panelist Christopher S. Gibson declined to find reverse domain name hijacking, though.

Major Wire Industries has been around since the 1800s, and decided to go after Major.com some 130 years after it was founded (and 20 years after Major.com was first registered).

The company tried to buy the domain name, but didn’t approve of the $115,000 price tag on the valuable domain name. I found its claim around this rather amusing:

A representative of Complainant then successfully contacted a representative of Respondent to inquire about acquiring the Domain Name. Respondent, through its representative, Sergei Arsentiev, then offered to sell the Domain Name for USD 115,000. Complainant states that Respondent did not provide a breakdown of this fee or any explanations as to why the requested amount was so high. Complainant has estimated that the out-of-pocket costs directly related to the Domain Name are USD 30 per year, meaning that since registration, Respondent would only have spent USD 150 for the Domain Name.

Hmm, let’s see. Why could Major.com’s price be “so high”? The complainant already argued that the current domain owner wasn’t the original, so the argument that “respondent would only have spend USD 150 for the Domain Name” doesn’t hold water. Click here to continue reading…

Paris Hilton wins case to take down sex video site

Arbitration panel sides with celebrity in domain name dispute.

Paris HiltonSocialite Paris Hilton has won a cybersquatting case she filed against the owner of a site that offered her sex tapes.

Hilton filed the case with World Intellectual Property Organization against the owner of parishiltonpornvideos.com last year. The decision was just handed down in her favor.

Unless the owner of the site files a lawsuit, that means the domain name will be transferred to Hilton within ten days of the decision. Until then, the site remains NSFW.

This isn’t the first time Paris Hilton has asked the World Intellectual Property Organization for help taking down domain names that use her name. However, it is the first to involve a site containing her sex tapes. Hilton and her management firm have filed 9 previous cases, and all have resulted in the domain names being transferred to her control.

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