Company files complaint over sites that use its Flickr brand.
Yahoo has turned to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to help it shut down two X-rated sites that use Flickr in their domain names.
The company filed the complaint with WIPO over the domain names nastyflickr.com and nudeflickr.com, each of which lead to a web site containing adult photos. They each contain a logo that looks similar to the Flickr blue and red logo as well. They are owned by a Tacoma, Washington man.
This isn’t the first time Yahoo has gotten into a fight over the Flickr brand. In 2009 Yahoo sued AshantiPLC, which is owned in part by domain investor Sahar Sarid, over the domain name Flicker.com (without the missing ‘e’). Yahoo said that Ashanti had purchased Flicker.com for $55,000 in 2006 and had been flaunting the domain and the traffic it received. The company allegedly turned down a $700,000 offer for the domain.
Yahoo eventually settled the case and got the Flicker.com domain name.