Arbitration panel awards WeWillRockYou.com to rock band.
Here’s a follow up to a story I first reported in June.
The rock band Queen filed a domain name dispute over the name WeWillRockYou.com. We Will Rock You is one of Queen’s greatest hits. The song later became the name of a musical that still tours the globe to packed houses.
A World Intellectual Property Forum has found in Queen’s favor, ordering the domain name transferred.
The panel did question why it took so long for Queen to file its claim, and said that this hurt the rock band’s case. Nevertheless, the panel felt it had enough evidence that the domain name was registered in bad faith and that the owner didn’t have rights or legitimate interests in it.
The domain owner claims he had to take leave from work upon receiving a rash of legal correspondence from the band.
Queen says it offered to buy the domain name for $10,000 and that the owner responded with a settlement offer of $250,000.