Haunted house owner must transfer domain name to competitor.
The owner of screams.com has lost his domain name thanks to a ruling by a National Arbitration Forum panelist.
The owner of Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas registered Screams.com all the way back in 1997. The complainant has operated the Screams Halloween Theme Park, located in nearby Waxahachie, Texas, since 1996.
Even though “screams” is generic, I can certainly understand how the complainant believes the domain name was registered in bad faith to directly steal traffic from it.
My problem with the case is the length of time that has lapsed between when the domain name was registered and the case filed. In fact, the complainant says it sent notices to the respondent back in 1999. So it was clearly aware of the registration. Was it not confident in its rights to the domain back then to pursue it further?