Category Archives: Domain Central

Sofia Vergara Successfully Shuts Down “Fan Site” Via UDRP Proceeding

Author: Eleanor Atkins

A WIPO panel recently found in favor of Sofia Vergara regarding her objection to registration of the sofiavergara.org domain name, and the use of the domain for a pay-per-click website featuring content and advertising links for many famous celebrities, including Vergara. Among other things, Vergara asserted that the respondent’s use of the domain for a pay-per-click site – coupled with his subsequent attempt to sell the domain to Vergara for $10,000 – was in bad faith.

The domain registrant unsuccessfully argued that the domain name was being used for a fan site and therefore constituted noncommercial fair use. Specifically, respondent argued that the site’s use of the tag line “We love her,” along with displays of Vergara’s own Instagram pictures, were proof that the website was merely a fan site.

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“Candy Crush Saga” Developer Denied Bid to Crush Website Candycrush-Cheats.com

 Author: Brian R. Westley

A website providing tips and tricks for navigating the popular smartphone game “Candy Crush Saga” lives on, despite the game developer’s efforts to shut it down.

King.com, an interactive entertainment company, filed a complaint in June with the World Intellectual Property Organization, alleging candycrush-cheats.com was being used in bad faith. King.com argued the domain name was used simply to attract users to the website by capitalizing on the game’s popularity. “Candy Crush Saga,” which allows players to mix and match sweets to gain points, has been downloaded tens of millions of times on Facebook.

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USPTO Updates Policy on Registration of Generic Top-Level Domains

Author: Naresh Kilaru

Everyone knows gTLDs such as “.com” and “.net” are not registrable as trademarks, but what about “.nissan”? In view of ICANN’s impending rollout of hundreds of new gTLDs, the USPTO has recently revised its policy governing registration of gTLDs to provide that gTLDs may be registered as trademarks under certain circumstances.

Under the revised policy, gTLDs are registrable as trademarks provided that:

  1. the gTLD will be perceived as a source identifier;
  2. the applicant has a current registry agreement with ICANN; and
  3. the services provided are primarily for the benefit of someone other than the applicant.

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