Domain owner: pack that in your pipe and smoke it!
Comedy duo Cheech & Chong have won rights to the CheechandChong.com domain name through arbitration at World Intellectual Property Organization.
Did you ever think you’d see “Cheech & Chong” and WIPO in the same sentence?
I first wrote about this story back in September, predicting that the comedians would win the case. But it wasn’t as clear cut as I originally thought. As it turns out, Cheech & Chong first objected to the use of the domain name in 2004. In 2006, possibly after smoking a joint, they felt peaceful and acquiesced, letting the domain owner use the domain.
But then the comedians reunited in 2008 for a tour and wanted the domain name. They couldn’t work out a deal with the owner, so they revoked any license to use their trademark in the domain name.
Cheech & Chong still won the dispute despite at one point agreeing to let the respondent use the domain. But it wasn’t as simple as it may have been.