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.