Domain owner cited his NamePros username as evidence that he’s commonly known as “Lambo”.
A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has ordered that the owner of lambo.com transfer the name to the upscale car maker. Lambo is a shortened term popularly used to refer to Lamborghini cars.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. filed the case against Richard Blair, a domain investor who goes by the moniker Lambo. Part of Blair’s defense was that he is commonly known by the name, as evidenced by his username Lambo.com in posts on NamePros.
Blair took to NamePros to complain about the UDRP. He stated that he’s determined to defend the domain, although he didn’t hire a lawyer to defend the UDRP. On NamePros, he wrote:
Counter measures to humiliate such endeavours are afoot. Unlawful theft will be duly punished through legal and commensurate counter efforts including any coerced and submissive accomplices.
Panelists Antony Gold and Matthew Harris sided with the car maker and ordered the domain transferred. Part of their rationale was that Blair didn’t provide enough evidence of being known by the name.
Panelist Neil Anthony Brown disagreed in one of the lengthiest dissents I’ve seen in a UDRP. But with a 2-1 ruling, the domain name will be transferred unless Blair files a lawsuit to stop it.
2-1 Ruling, Ouch.
At least it wasn’t unanimous!
Good luck, Namepros Lambo.
Ethan Taylor says
“Lambo” is also a surname so it definitely is not exclusive to the car company. I think the decision is not fair.
Total obscene “friend and servant of the rich and powerful” travesty. Definitely worth suing over and he should asap.
I think his smugness and comentary on NamePros is a big reason he lost this name. It was clear he was squatting on it waiting for a big payday with no intent to actually use it.
Not being able to show legitimate usage is often a big part of why ppl lose names in UDRPs
Lambo.when or when.lambo?