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UDRP Filed on MusicMaker.com, a 1996 Registration


I was looking through the recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and I saw that a UDRP was filed on MusicMaker.com. The case is WIPO Case D2015-1216, and the complainant is listed as MAGIX Software GmbH.

Whois records show that MusicMaker.com has a registration date of November 11, 1996. The current registrant of MusicMaker.com is listed as The Music Connection with a Virgina address. I did a historical Whois search using DomainTools, and the earliest Whois record the company has for this domain name is November of 2000, and the registrant is the same company that owns it today. I presume this company was also the registrant prior to 2000, but DomainTools doesn't have archived records prior to this 2000 record.

At the time of publication, MusicMaker.com resolves to (more…) → Read More


510PacificAve.com An Interesting UDRP


I noticed that an interesting UDRP was recently filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization for the 510pacificave.com domain name. It appears that the domain name is referencing a street address, 510 Pacific Ave. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2015-1105, and the complainant is listed as Lindeva Living Trust / Kim W. Lu Trustee.

The domain name was registered in September of 2014. According to the Whois database, the domain registrant is listed as (more…) → Read More


Important to Follow UDRP Proceedings


If you have a portfolio of domain name investments, I think it is important to follow UDRP filings and decisions at the World Intellectual Property Organization and National Arbitration Forum. Hopefully you will never have a UDRP filed against one of your domain names, but it is a good idea to understand how the proceedings work and what panelists look at when they are making a decision.

I would say the majority of UDRP filings are pretty cut and dry. People buy an obvious trademark typo or they buy the exact trademark of a well known brand in a different extension, and the company files a UDRP proceeding to take possession of the name in a prompt manner. I think that is why the UDRP process was created. For the most part, the UDRP panel is going to find in favor of the trademark holder. Oftentimes, the domain owner doesn't even spend the time or money even responding to the UDRP.

There are many UDRP filings that aren't nearly as (more…) → Read More


Sold at Auction in April, UDRP Filed on iPayments.com


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According to the UDRP database at the World Intellectual Property Organization, a UDRP was just filed for the iPayments.com domain name. Making this more interesting to me, the iPayments.com domain name was sold at a NameJet auction in April of 2015 for $1,877. There were 122 bids from 91 bidders in the auction.

The WIPO database shows that the UDRP was filed by a company called iPayment, Inc. I first visited iPayment.com and was forwarded to a website operated by a company called CORE Business Technologies, which I do not believe is related to the UDRP complainant. I did a Google search for iPayment, Inc. and the first result is (more…) → Read More


Match.Paris UDRP Filed


I saw that a UDRP was filed on the Match.Paris domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). When I saw this UDRP on the main WIPO filing page, my first thought was that Match.com, the dating website, filed the UDRP. The UDRP was actually filed by Hachette Filipacchi Presse, a publishing company in France.

Hachette Filipacchi Presse is the publisher of a weekly news magazine called Paris Match. If you have ever been to Paris, you are probably familiar with this publication, which is sold on newsstands throughout the city and possibly the world.

As of right now, Match.Paris does not (more…) → Read More


Mike Berkens Was Right About FatTuesday.com


A company called David Briggs Enterprises, Inc., operators of Fat Tuesday, filed a UDRP on FatTuesday.com. The National Arbitration Forum panel ruled in favor of the complainant, and the FatTuesday.com domain name will be transferred unless legal action is taken by the domain name registrant.

Andrew Allemann published an article about the FatTuesday.com UDRP decision, and I agree with what he wrote. "No, no and no. It’s THE NAME OF A HOLIDAY! It doesn’t matter if a company has been able to also trademark the name for limited purposes."

When I wrote about the $16,500 sale of FatTuesday.com back in 2007, I said, (more…) → Read More


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