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Another three letter .xxx domain name lost in UDRP

BGZ.xxx given to bank in Poland.

.xxx UDRP cases present some interesting scenarios that are not common amongst other top level domains.

For example, if the .xxx domain name at issue is just three letters and it doesn’t resolve, how do you prove that it was registered in bad faith? How can the complainant prove that it was the intended “victim” of the registration?

This was first brought up in a case for HEB.xxx.

HEB.xxx didn’t resolve, so it would have been hard for the grocery chain by that name to claim rights to it. Oh, except that the owner had contacted the grocery chain and shown a pattern of similar behavior.

Now the domain name BGZ.xxx has been transferred as a result of a UDRP case. BGZ.xxx is a little different but contains some “gotchas” that doomed the respondent.

The case was brought by Polish bank BG? S.A.

The owner of the domain set up a pornographic web site at BGZ.xxx that he said stood for “Bad Girls Zone”.

That seems plausible. But there were two problems. First, the registrant also lives in Poland, where BGZ has 370 branches. Still a plausible case for the respondent, though.

The kicker is that the registrant also registered the domain name for another bank in Poland, DnB NORD. That was enough to convince the panel that the registrant was indeed targeting BG? S.A.

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  1. Ms Domainer says

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    Oh, those porn domains are going to have an uphill battle.

    Corporations do not want any whiff of scandal associated with their good reputations.

    They may allow HEB or BZG to slide by in .tel or some other obscure TLD, but .xxx has a huge bullseye attached to it.

    🙂

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