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Recent Domain News

Public Storage refiles UDRP, panel declines to hear it

Company upset that decision was different from similar case it filed. Generally speaking, the only reason a UDRP panel will re-hear a case is if the complainant brings forth new evidence that could not have been discovered prior to the initial case. But that didn’t stop Public Storage from filing a new case against the owner of publicstoragephoenix.com

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Amercia.com domain, featured on Mashable, up for auction at Flippa

Amercia, land of the free. There’s an amusing story over at Mashable about the Chinese owner of the domain name Amercia.com, a typo of America.com. His story of why he bought the domain is heartwarming, but it’s worth noting that he owns at least 39 domain names

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Wikipedia Takes Down Web Hosting Site

Wikimedia wins dispute over web hosting comparison site. Wikipedia owner Wikimedia Foundation Inc. has won a case against the owner of WebhostingWikipedia.com, which will be transferred to Wikimedia as a result. From reading the case decision , it’s fairly clear the owner of the web hosting comparison site at WebhostingWikipedia.com had no idea that Wikipedia was a trademark. So let’s be clear: the generic term is wiki

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What Not To Do with a “Sucks” Domain Name

Here’s a “sucks” UDRP the complainant will easily win. Living Spaces Furniture, LLC recently filed a UDRP against the owner of LivingSpacesSucks.com. Thinking this was perhaps a site created by a disgruntled customer, I typed in the URL and found this: This will be a slam dunk for the furniture company.

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Buying “Off Market” Real Estate Like Buying Domain Names

Prospecting for off-market real estate is similar to prospecting for domain names. I’ve been looking to buy our build a new house and have noticed striking similarities to the process of buying domain names. The areas of town I’m interested in buying a lot have very little inventory. There are a few lot listings in the MLS, but most are “off market”.

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Arbitration for Twitter Typo Twiter.com Terminated, Then Refiled

Massive Twitter.com typo case terminated, then refiled. An arbitration case at World Intellectual Property forum over the domain name Twiter.com has been terminated, only for the company to file a second case. Cases are typically terminated when the domain owner agrees to hand the domain name over to the complainant. In this case it appears the case may have been terminated and then refiled after the domain name registrar disclosed the owner of the domain name. The Whois record for Twiter.com at the existing registrar (Power Brand Center) shows the owner as Panamanian company Geigo, Inc.

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Owner of Somedia.com Forced to Spend Thousands Defending Domain Name

UDRP was a waste of time and money. Here’s another example of a UDRP case that should have never been filed. A social media marketing firm that apparently just came into existence (or at least started using its brand) in 2010 filed a case against the owner of a domain registered in 2001.

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UDRP Awards Octopus.com to Online Travel Company

Travel company gets a nice domain name upgrade through UDRP in a strange case. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has determined that the domain name Octopus.com should be transferred to Octopustravel Group Limited. The company’s current web site is OctopusTravel.com. Before you scream about this injustice you should read the facts

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