Audi files cybersquatting complaint against owner of expensive .cars and .auto domain names.
With an annual price tag of over $2,000, you’d think that all cybersquatters would be deterred from registering famous brands in the .car, .cars and .auto top level domains.
You’d be wrong.
Car maker Audi has filed a
UDRPURS against the registrant of Audi.cars and Audi.auto. Barring some bizarre circumstances, the person who registered these two domain names will lose the $5,000 he spent to register the two domain names when they are suspended.
The owner of these two domains isn’t the only person to register an expensive domain that matches the name of a car maker. Someone in China registered Audi.car (singular). As of now, no UDRP/URS has been filed against the domain name.
The Audi.cars/.auto case is the first UDRP/URS filed on the automotive-themed domain names, which are backed by a partnership between XYZ and Uniregistry.
[This story has been updated to reflect the case was a URS, not a UDRP.]