Category Archives: UDRP

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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