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Facebook Files 101 Domain Name UDRP


Facebook has filed quite a large UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization against 101 domain names. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-2380 and the complainant is listed as Facebook, Inc. Instagram, LLC. Facebook acquired Instagram a few years ago.

It looks like all of the domain names are in the .Top extension, and it looks like the domain names either have Facebook, Instagram, or FB in them. I believe a UDRP on multiple domain names can only be filed if all of the domain names are owned by the same entity, so my guess is one entity regisered them all. I checked a few of these domain names, and the names I checked forward to a different (.com) website.

What is most interesting to me about this UDRP filing is that many of these names don't really make much sense. This means the company could win this UDRP proceeding and simply register a bunch of other domain names in a similar fashion to this. I get that the company is protecting its trademarks, but it seems like it could be never ending to keep going after these kinds of → Read More

UDRP Filed Against Luma.com


screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-11-28-18-amAccording to UDRPSearch.com, a UDRP has been filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the Luma.com domain name. This is case #1703756, and the UDRP was commenced on November 22.

Luma.com was registered more than 20 years ago in 1995. The Whois registrant information lists a "Luma" as the owner of the domain name, and the Whois address seems to match a California company with Luma in its name. A DomainTools Whois History search dating as far back as 2001 (the oldest entry) shows the domain name had been owned by a Luma, Inc. back in 2001 and possibly longer. At the present time, Luma.com has a Network Solutions under construction landing page:


Because the UDRP was filed at NAF, I don't believe the (more…) → Read More

Sold on Pheenix for $6k+, UDRP Filed Against FIFA.net



A UDRP was filed against the FIFA.net domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-2310.

When I saw the UDRP filing, I did a quick search to see how old the domain name is. I was a bit surprised to see a creation date of 2014. Because the domain registrar is Pheenix, I assumed the domain name had been auctioned at the expired domain name auction house. An article on TLDInvestors.com confirms this, and it shows that FIFA.net sold on July 30, 2014 for $6,030.

When I visited FIFA.net this afternoon, the domain name did not resolve. Because the domain name appears to be (more…) → Read More

30 Domain Name UDRP Filed by Sheryl Sandberg (Most Likely)


nafIt looks like Sheryl Sandberg may have filed a 30 domain name UDRP at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). Because the NAF does not reveal the name of the complainant until the UDRP decision is rendered, it is just a guess the Sandberg (or her representation) is the complainant in this UDRP. The UDRP is case #1701249.

Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and a well-respected person in the field technology. In addition, Sandberg is an award winning author (Lean In), and she serves on a number of Boards of Directors, including Disney, SurveyMonkey, and some others others. Wikipedia reports that "Sandberg is reported to be worth over US$1 billion, due to her stock holdings in Facebook and other companies." Sandberg is listed at #7 on the Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women for 2016.

Interestingly, it looks like the majority of the domain names in the UDRP are part of the new gTLD program. Also interestingly, the exact match SherylSandberg.com domain name is not one of the domain names including in this UDRP → Read More

RoseField.com Subject of UDRP


A UDRP was filed against the RoseField.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The preceding is listed as WIPO Case D2016-2187, and it was filed by a company called Rosefield Watches B.V.

The RoseField.com domain name has a creation date of August 13, 2002, and it looks like it is registered to an entity in Colorado. Historical Whois records at DomainTools show me that the domain name has been owned by the same registrant since at least 2011. I do not see any sale records for this domain name in NameBio. I visited the domain name this morning, and it is showing some sort of real estate landing page with a Foreclosure.com advertisment:


The complainant in this case seems to be a watch company called (more…) → Read More

RDNH Finding in GWG.com UDRP


I recently wrote about the GWG.com UDRP that was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The decision was published today, and the three member panel found in favor of the domain owner. In addition, the panel concluded that Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) had occurred.

According to the decision, "the Panel’s view is that there are several reasons why a finding of RDNH should be made." The decision then listed several reasons for why it found this UDRP to be RDNH.

One thing I found very interesting is that the panel wrote about why it chose to make a reverse domain name hijacking decision rather than simply rule in favor of the respondent. Here's what was written about that: (more…) → Read More

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