Informational sites related to domain name disputes.
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America On-Line filed a complaint to seize aimster.com, a1mster.com, aimstertv.com, aimstertv.net, icqster.com, and ic2ster.com from Johnny Deep, which they claimed infringed on their "AIM" (AOL Instant Messenger) and "ICQ" trademarks.
On 14 May 2001, the National Arbitration Forum panel decided 2-1 to transfer the domains to America Online.
The Colgate-Palmolive Company's dispute over ajax.org
After a long legal battle, Compaq Computer Corp. paid $3.35 million to Alta Vista Technology, a California software company, for altavista.com.
G.A. Modefine S.A., holder of the Georgio Armani trademark, filed a complaint to seize the domain armani.com from Vancouver graphic designer A. R. Mani.
On 20 July 2001, WIPO Panelist Nick Gardner found G. A. Modefine's complaint to be an abusive proceeding and decided not to transfer or cancel armani.com.
Software company Aspen Grove filed a complaint to seize aspengrove.com, registered in 1997 by Michael Clark of Salt Lake City. Aspen Grove was founded and trademarked in 1999.
On 5 October 2001, the WIPO panel found Aspen Grove's complaint to be an attempt at reverse domain-name hijacking and decided not to transfer or cancel aspengrove.com.
British Airports Authority sued to seize baa.com, a sheep information site, claiming it was registered as an instrument of fraud. After several months, baa.com owner Tom Bourke could not afford the legal costs and settled out of court.
However, the original registrant, Michael Lawrie, continues to fight the British Airport Authority's questionable allegations.
Dispute by Mattel, maker of the Barbie doll, over Canadian stripper Barbie Benson's site barbiebenson.com
Barcelona.com was registered in 1996 by a husband and wife for a portal site for information about Barcelona.
Contrary to its own guidelines for judging disputes, on 4 August 2000, the WIPO decided to transfer Barcelona.com to the city of Barcelona.
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly filed a complaint to seize the domains billyconnolly.com and billyconnelly.com from Anthony Stewart.
On 5 February 2001, WIPO panelist David Perkins decided to transfer the domains from Anthony Stewart to Billy Connolly.
The original .biz created in 1995 is operated by Atlantic Root and carried by all the major roots except the one operated by the US Government.
On 26 June 2001, the US Department of Commerce, at the request of ICANN, entered a colliding .biz TLD operated by NeuLevel Inc.
Tata Sons Ltd. filed a complaint against bodacious-tatas.com for infringing on their trademark.
On 18 August 2000 WIPO decided to cancel D&V Enterprises' registration of the domain.
Popular singer Bruce Springsteen filed a complaint to seize the domain brucespringsteen.com from Jeff Burgar (doing business as Bruce Springsteen Club).
On 25 January 2001, WIPO decided not to transfer the domain to the singer.
Bundesrepublik Deutschland [Federal Republic of Germany] filed a complaint to seize bundesinnenministerium.com, bundesinnenministerium.net, bundesinnenministerium.org and verfassungsschutz.org from RJG Engineering.
On 23 January 2002, WIPO panelist Henry Olsson decided to transfer the domain names to the Federal Republic of Germany.
Celine Dion and Sony Music Entertainment filed a complaint to seize celinedion.com from Jeff Burgar (doing business as Celine Dion Club).
On 13 February 2001, WIPO panelist William R Cornish decided to transfer celinedion.com to Sony Music Entertainment.
Hasbro, makers of the board game Cluedo (known as Clue in the United States), sued Colorado computer consultants Clue Computing for their domain Clue.com.
AOL/Time-Warner/CNN demanded Zack Exley change the name of his parody of CNNfn ("CNN financial news") called CNNdn ("CNN down"). The cnndn.com was shut down by order of a US District Court judge.
Brazilian soccer team Corinthiao filed a complaint to seize J. D. Sallen's Bible-quoting site Corinthians.com.
On 17 July 2000, WIPO panelist Roberto Bianchi decided to transfer corinthians.com from Sallen Enterprises to Corinthians Licenciamentos LTDA.
Canadian Tire filed a complaint to seize crappytire.com from Mick McFadden. Canadian Tire, colloquially referred to as Crappy Tire in Canada, claimed that crappytire.com, a site which compared Canadian Tire's prices with its competitors, was "attempting to create an impression of an association with Canadian Tire".
On 24 May 2001, WIPO panelist Ross Carson dismissed the complaint.
Deutsche Welle, a German broadcasting company, filed a WIPO complaint against DiamondWare Limited, a US software company, to seize the domain dw.com.
On January 2, 2001, WIPO dismissed the claim and declared that Deutsche Welle's complaint was made in bad faith and constituted an abuse of process.
Dispute by Mondial Trading Co., maker of Earth Shoes, with Tony Sanders' earth.com.
Sudnif S.A., which produces Findus® frozen food products, filed a complaint to seize findus.com from Kasper and Victoria Lannartsson.
On 25 September 2000, WIPO decided not to transfer or cancel the domain registration.
2600 Magazine registered fuckgeneralmotors.com, and pointed it to Ford Motor Company's ford.com.
Ironically, though General Motors only made legal threats, it was Ford Motor Company that took 2600 to court.
Fox News presenter Glenn Beck's lawyers have demanded the deletion of the domain name GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com, of a website which satirically asks why Glenn Beck has not denied allegations that he raped and murdered a young girl in 1990.
2600 created the parody site guinessrecords.com (a typo of guinnessrecords.com) to call attention to the 1999 Guinness Book of World Records' inaccurate story on Kevin Mitnick. Guinness plc, the owner of the Guinness Book of World Records trademark, has demanded the transfer of the domain name to them.
In this dispute, WIPO decided to transfer the domain names guinness-really-sucks.com, guinness-really-really-sucks.com, guinness-beer-really-sucks.com, guinness-beer-really-really-sucks.com, guinness-sucks.com, guinnessreallysucks.com, guinnessreallyreallysucks.com, guinnessbeerreallysucks.com, guinnessbeerreallyreallysucks.com, guinness-beer-sucks.com, and guinnessbeersucks.com from the registrant, John Zuccarini, to Diageo (Guinness plc).
Warner Brothers threatened legal action against 15-year-old Claire Field over her Harry Potter fan site.
Network Solutions registered hoopla.com to a third party, even though it had not yet expired. When Verisign refused to transfer it back, a Verisign-sucks "googlebomb" was organized.
Televangelist Jerry Falwell filed a complaint to seize jerryfalwell.com, the domain of a website critical of him registered by Gary Cohn.
On 3 June 2002, the WIPO panel decided not to transfer or cancel jerryfalwell.com.
The missionary organization Jews for Jesus sued for Stephen Brodsky's jewsforjesus.org, a site critical of the organization.
Actress Julie Brown filed a complaint to seize juliebrown.com from Jeff Burgar (doing business as Julie Brown Club).
On 13 February 2001, WIPO panelist William R. Cornish decided to transfer juliebrown.com to Julie Brown.
Lockheed Martin filed a complaint to seize lockheedsucks.com and lockheedmartinsucks.com from Dan Parisi.
On 26 January 2001 WIPO decided not to transfer lockheedsucks.com and lockheedmartinsucks.com to Lockheed Martin.
Dispuite between L'Oreal, S.A. and Christopher J. Hawes over the domain lorealcomplaints.com.
Lucas Nursery and Landscaping, Inc., sued Michelle Grosse under the Anti-Cybersquatting Protection Act (ACPA) for the domain name lucasnursery.com. Grosse used the Web page to document poor service by Lucas Nursery in landscaping her yard.
In Lucas Nursery v. Michelle Grosse, the court held that the ACPA was inapplicable because Grosse's complaint site was a "bona fide noncommercial use".
Singer Madonna Louise Ciccone filed a complaint to seize Madonna.com, a former porn site which the registrant was donating to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
On 12 October 2000, WIPO decided to transfer Madonna.com to the singer Madonna.
Nestle filed a complaint to seize maggi.com, a site registered by Romeo Maggi as a site for the Maggi family and a Maggi Foundation he intended to establish.
On 12 October 2001, the WIPO panel found Nestle's complaint to be an attempt at reverse domain-name hijacking and decided not to transfer or cancel maggi.com.
Mattel Toy Corporation slapped Matt Lavallee with a cease and desist order for his personal domain, mattl.com.
Financial service Bloomberg's filed a complaint to seize MichaelBloombergSucks.com from Secaucus Group (Dan Parisi).
On 7 June 2001, the National Arbitration Forum rejected Bloomberg L.P.'s complaint.
Microsoft filed a WIPO complaint against Tarek Ahmed over the domain name microsof.com.
On 21 July 2000, WIPO panelist Frederick Abbott ordered the domain transferred to Microsoft.
New World Coffee, a coffee and bagel franchise based in New Jersey, sought a restraining order in New Jersey state court to shut down two disparagement domains, NewWorldCoffeeFraud.com and NewWorldFraud.com.
The New York Times Company began publishing the New York Times on the Internet at nytimes.com in 1994. In 1996, the newyorktimes.com domain was registered by New York Internet Services to comment on the New York Times, according to the owner.
On 5 December 2000, WIPO panelist David Plant decided to transfer the domain to the New York Times.
"notHarvard.com" filed a lawsuit against Harvard College, seeking for a declaratory judgement that notHarvard.com doesn't infringe on Harvard's trademark. Harvard countersued.
notHarvard.com suddenly declared it was changing its name to Powered.com, claiming that the decision had little to do with the lawsuits. Harvard continued its litigation. Eventually, Powered made a settlement which awarded no monetary damages, but gave Harvard.com a court judgement to use in the future.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested the registration of anti-PETA site peta.org (People Eating Tasty Animals).
A US District Court judge ordered peta.org be turned over to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Prema Toy Company, owner of the trademarks on the claymation character Gumby and his horse Pokey, demanded 12-year-old Chris "Pokey" Van Allen's domain pokey.org.
The Reg Vardy car dealership filed a complaint to seize reg-vardy.com, .net, and .org from customer Dave Wilkinson, whose site complained about Reg Vardy's service.
On 3 July 2001, WIPO panelist Clive Duncan Thorne decided to transfer the domains from Dave Wilkinson to Reg Vardy.
Convicted felon Stephen Cohen allegedly wrested sex.com from its owner via a forged letter to Network Solutions.
The NSI refused to register the domain name shitakemushrooms.com
Hank Mishkoff created shopsatwillowbend.com, a non-commercial site promoting a Plano, Texas mall under construction by Taubman Company. It contained a prominent disclaimer pointing users to the official site shopwillowbend.com, and got an injunction shutting it down.
On 7 August 2001, Taubman Company sued to seize the site infringing its trademark, and succeeded in gaining an injunction to shut it down.
In response to the lawsuit, registrant Hank Mishkoff registered and posted details of the ongoing litigation to taubmansucks.com, with alias domain names WillowBendSucks.com, WillowBendMallSucks.com, ShopsAtWillowBendSucks.com, and TheShopsAtWillowBendSucks.com. Taubman succeed in having the injunction amended to shut down the "sucks" site as well.
After an appeals court struck down the injunction, the case was dismissed with prejudice on 19 February 2003.
In April 2005, Red Bull filed a complaint with WIPO to seize taurusrubens.com and rubenstaurus.com from Reinhard Birnhuber.
Red Bull sued in an Austrian commercial court, won, and won on Birnhuber's appeal. Birnhuber still did not relinquish the domains.
In 2009, Red Bull filed another complaint with WIPO to seize the domains, and lost again.
Dispute by Mattel, maker of the Barbie doll, over thebarbies.com, non-commercial site of a group of female Tribes players.
Chip Rosenthal registered unicom.com in 1990. Unicom Systems made several offers to by the domain starting in 1998. In December 2001, they sued in US District Court in California on several charges including cyberpiracy, unfair competition, and infringement of their trademark registered in 1997.
Information regarding the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Noticing that Verizon Wireless preemptively registered verizonsucks.com, 2600 Magazine registered verizonREALLYsucks.com.
Verizon claimed that 2600 violated the recently passed Anticybersquatting Act and demanded 2600 turn over the domain. Undaunted, 2600 also registered VerizonShouldSpendMoreTimeFixingItsNetworkAndLessMoneyOnLawyers.com.
Verizon dropped its lawsuit.
Coca-Cola ordered VintageCocaCola.com, which featured links to auctions of Coca-Cola memorabilia, to cease and desist. When the site changed its focus from memorabilia to domain name issues, Coca-Cola no longer objected to the site.
Vivendi Universal filed a complaint to seize the domain VivendiUniversalSucks.com from Jay David Sallen for being "confusingly similar" to their trademark.
On 7 November 2001, WIPO decided 2-1 to transfer the domain to Vivendi Universal.
Volkswagen sued for and won the domain VW.net, the domain of Virginia Internet service provider Virtual Works.
CGU Insurance Plc., sellers of an insurance product called "Your move", filed a complaint to seize yourmove.com from Scottish businessman Irving Remocker.
On 19 February 2001, a WIPO panel dismissed both CGU's complaint and Irving Remocker's request for a finding of reverse domain name hijacking.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission ordered the shutdown of zundelsite.org, based in California, US, for violating the Canadian Human Rights Act. The website denies that millions of Jews were killed by Nazis during the Second World War.