Only one panelist finds RDNH, but he writes a scathing critique.
Impossible BV, a company that makes film for old-school Polaroid cameras, has lost a UDRP it filed against the domain name ImpossibleProject.com.
Impossible BV uses the domain name Impossible-Project.com, but before filing the UDRP it used the even longer domain the-impossible-project.com.
Joel Runyon of Impossible X LLC bought ImpossibleProject.com a couple years ago, adding to his collection of about 250 domains with impossible in them.
Impossible BV tried to buy the domain name from Runyon. It filed the UDRP after failing to buy the domain name.
A three-person WIPO panel denied the claim, saying that the complainant failed to show that Runyon and his company lacked rights or legitimate interests in the domain name.
The majority of the panel did not find reverse domain name hijacking. This is despite Impossible BV conveniently leaving out and redacting communications that seem to show admission that the respondent had legitimate interests in the domain name.
Panelist Tony Willoughby believes this case a flagrant example of reverse domain name hijacking. He wrote a dissenting opinion blasting his fellow panelists and the complainant. I think it’s worth republishing in full. I’ve also emphasized a few points in bold. Click here to continue reading and view the RDNH finding…