NFL team gets rights to Browns.com domain name.
The Cleveland Browns football team just scored a big win off the field.
A World Intellectual Property Forum panel awarded the team the domain name Browns.com in arbitration.
According to the football franchise, the owner of the domain name used the page as a parked domain name with pay-per-click links to football topics. When the team reached out to the owner of the domain name, the name of the owner in the whois database suddenly changed.
The team said that the “previous registrant” has lost all 26 UDRP complaint brought against him. It suggested that the name change was merely a pseudonym in an attempt to avoid a UDRP proceeding.
Although “Browns” could certainly be used as a family web site for the Brown family, the usage in this case doomed the domain name owner.