Riot Games files complaints against League of Legends porn domain names

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Riot Games, the maker of League of Legends, the most played PC game in North America and Europe, has filed two separate complaints with the World Intellectual Property Organization over the domain names LeagueofLegendsPorn.com (Case Number: D2012-1516) and LeagueofLegends.co (Case Number: DCO2012-0024).

While LeagueofLegendsPorn.com displays nothing more than a coming soon page with a message that reads, “Future home of something quite cool”, LeagueofLegends.co redirects unsuspecting users to a Spanish porn site.

According to Whois records, LeagueofLegendsPorn.com is currently registered to a resident of Temple Terrace, Florida and was created on February 2, 2012.

In July 2010, dotCO the country-code top-level domain for Colombia became available for registration globally.  That’s when LeagueofLegends.co (Whois) was first registered.  According to a rough traffic estimate by Compete, LeagueofLegends.com receives nearly 2 million visitors per month, so you can imagine there are plenty of unwary users typing LeagueofLegends.co (without the ‘m’) only to find themselves greeted by a not-safe-for-work adult website.

These disputes aren’t the first for Riot Games.

In June, Riot secured the rights to the scam site support-leagueoflegends.com (notice the hyphen in the web address).

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To win these disputes, Riot Games must demonstrate that all of the elements enumerated in paragraph 4(a) of the Policy have been satisfied:

(1) that the disputed domain name registered by the Respondent is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the Complainant has rights; and

(2) that the Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the disputed domain name; and

(3) that the disputed domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.

Based on the circumstances, both cases should be open and shut in Riot’s favor.

(Image of Battle Bunny Riven via LeagueofLegends.com)

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