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The Popularity of .co (not .com) Domain Name Disputes

The Popularity of .co (not .com) Domain Name Disputes

One of the most popular top-level domains under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is not even a gTLD (generic top-level domain). It’s a ccTLD: .co, the country-code top-level domain for Colombia, in South America. Based on statistics at WIPO as of this writing, 29 .co domain names have been the subject of UDRP disputes this year, making it the most-disputed ccTLD under the popular domain name dispute policy.  The same has been true every year since 2010, when .co domain names apparently first became subject to the UDRP — 11 years after the UDRP itself went... read more

The DotBible Litmus Test for Domain Name Dispute Panelists

A dispute policy for the new <.bible> top-level domain name requires panelists who agree to hear cases to affirm that they “enthusiastically support the mission of American Bible Society” and that they “believe that the Bible is the Word of God which brings salvation through Christ.” The DotBible Community Dispute Resolution Policy appears to be the first domain name dispute policy that requires panelists to take a religious oath — or, for that matter, an oath other than anything related to maintaining neutrality. The “Panelist Affirmation” appears at the end of the DotBible dispute policy as published on the website... read more

Using the URS as a Preliminary Injunction

As I’ve written before, the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) — the domain name dispute policy applicable to the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) — is just not catching on. Whether because of its limited suspension remedy, high burden of proof or other reasons, the URS remains unpopular among trademark owners. However, there’s one interesting use to which the URS can be put: as a variation of a preliminary injunction. While a true preliminary injunction is typically a court order to preserve the status quo, sometimes an injunction is used as a stop-gap measure to prevent a party from... read more

Sex, Kids and Domain Names

Although domain name disputes involving adult content are among the oldest types of cybersquatting schemes, it seems as if porn sites using someone else’s trademarks are less common than in the past — perhaps because cybersquatters have found more effective ways to monetize their domain names. Or perhaps because they’ve consistently lost domain name disputes where sex-related websites are involved. Despite this background and the recent trend, one UDRP case is notable: <>. For the benefit of those who don’t have young children, or weren’t children themselves since the mid 1970s, “Hello Kitty” is a fictional character originally aimed... read more

‘A whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names’

That’s what the World Trademark Review said about Doug Isenberg, founder of The GigaLaw Firm.

An attorney, entrepreneur, author, professor and domain name arbitrator, Doug helps companies of all sizes protect their brands on the Internet.

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Reclaim Your Domain; Retake Your Territory

The GigaLaw Firm uses a variety of legal tools to protect its clients against cybersquatters, infringers and other bad actors on the Internet:

Domain Name Disputes

Has someone else registered a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to your trademark? Read more…

Copyright Infringement

Is someone copying text, images, music or software from your website? Read more…

Domain Name Transactions

Have you launched a new business or added a brand to an existing business? Read more…

Contracts and licenses

Are you creating or growing your Internet presence? Read more…