Twitter files dispute over Twitter.org, domain being used for scam surveys

Twitter has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the domain name Twitter.org.  Today, people who type Twitter.org into their internet browser are sent to a web page that looks confusingly similar to the popular microblogging site.  A landing page appears … [Read more...]

Model Cindy Crawford files dispute over CindyCrawford.com, domain redirects users to porn site

Model Cindy Crawford who is well known for her mole just above her lip, has filed a complaint (Case Number: D2012-2454) with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the domain name CindyCrawford.com, a web address that - at the time of this story - redirects users to a hardcore … [Read more...]

Virgin mogul Richard Branson wins disputed dot-XXX domain name

Business magnate Richard Branson filed a complaint (Case Number: 1423689) over the domain name RichardBranson.xxx with the National Arbitration Forum in January. Now a single-member panel has ordered the name transferred to Richard Branson, having established all three elements required under the … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder wants eddievedder.com

Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam, wants the web address eddievedder.com. A complaint (WIPO Case Number: D2012-0035) was filed this week with the World Intellectual Property Organization over the domain name. What's interesting about this case is … [Read more...]

Panel denies Salesforce the name Forces.com in domain dispute

After filing a complaint (Case No. 1416951) with the National Arbitration Forum last month against Internet Venture Holdings (IVH) over Forces.com, Salesforce.com has been denied the domain name. Not surprisingly, the panel found that <forces.com> was not identical or confusingly similar to … [Read more...]

Linkdin.com cyber squatter throws away $22K, domain now belongs to LinkedIn

Back in December, LinkedIn filed a complaint (Case No. 1417534) with the National Arbitration Forum over the typo domain LinkdIn.com (missing an ‘e’).  The web address redirected consumers to an online scam that asked a handful of questions and attempted to gather personal information by … [Read more...]

LinkedIn files dispute over typosquatting domain LinkdIn.com that sold for $22K

There have been a lot of disputes filed recently over typosquatting domain names that mislead consumers.  LinkedIn is now the latest company to file a complaint (Case No. 1417534) with the National Arbitration Forum over a popular typo domain - LinkdIn.com (missing the 'e'). What makes this case … [Read more...]

SalesForce.com attempts to hijack Forces.com by filing domain dispute

Earlier this month, SalesForce.com filed a complaint (Case No. 1416951) with the National Arbitration Forum against Internet Venture Holdings (IVH) over the domain Forces.com. While complainants in disputes filed with the National Arbitration Forum aren't revealed until a panel delivers a … [Read more...]

Neither Sony, Nintendo, nor Microsoft own the domains for their next consoles

The console wars are heating up, but there's just one problem: the three major companies don't own the matching domains to their next-generation consoles. Nintendo doesn't own WiiU.com, Sony doesn't own Playstation4.com, and Microsoft doesn't own Xbox720.com. Will the companies submit a domain … [Read more...]

WIPO Roundup: Google, Autotrader, Wikimedia, and other interesting disputes

Nearly 1,000 domain disputes have been filed with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, since the beginning of 2011, with many cases getting attention across the web like the case of Facebook which filed a complaint over 21 separate domains and won.    Here's a look at some of the … [Read more...]