Discussion in 'Domain Name Disputes' started by Whois-Search, Jun 30, 2007.
Very good spot Whois! One to follow with interest.
Interesting to note some of the co-defendants:
Which run Domainsponsor.com also owns the following Chesterton Holdings, Jucco Holdings, Maltuzi and registrar Nameking.com who are cited for domain tasting and Snapnames.com for auctioning expired domains.
It is also an opened 'class action' refering to 'Un-Named Co-Conspirators' - other parking companies, registratrs and registrants, refererred to as 'John Does'
I guess given the large pockets of the defendants and the wide ranging nature of the class action - it may be a long time before there is an outcome. Might be interesting though to see if parking companies start to tighten their domain approval criteria.
One to watch if nothing else for entertainment value
Will go further
I went further in a DRS Appeal saying that the complainant's time would be better spent chasing competitors who use google's sponsored links
I hardly think that's in the same league as using the RICO statutes (the legislation used against the Mafia in the US). Though this case could have some spectacular fallout if it goes ahead. There are rumours on some domainer boards that iREIT is currently up for sale. More dropcatchers/parking companies might get enjoined. That's what those John Doe things are for.
Who are the apparently famous Vulcan lead litigant? I've never heard of them.
A manufacturer of golfing equipment - apparently famous in the US. It will be very interesting to see who gets added to the rogues' gallery next. I think that if this case progresses, some big name brands that have been victims of typo-squatting might pile in. Google might be well able to fight but some of the others may be in trouble.
Thanks jmcc. So they "borrowed" someone else's invented word for their brand. Wonder if they ever use adwords for other (more famous) golf manufacturers...
Well the word Vulcan didn't just appear with Star Trek. I think he was a Roman God associated with volcanoes.
But it is possible to have a trademark on such a word and a trademark has to be defended. Otherwise it lapses. The latest on the case is that the damages being asked for are $1M. That looks extraordinarily reasonable by US standards. Google might defend but it is not the target of this suit. It could have a major impact on the domaining business if it gets farther.
That teaches me to write without thinking!
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