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IFPI Domain Dispute Likely to Go To Court 90

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the big-shock-here dept.
fgaliegue writes "Ars Technica has a follow-up on the ifpi.com domain takeover by The Pirate Bay. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, ifpi.org, is quite unhappy that the .com is now a link to the (still not live) International Federation of Pirates Interests. The ifpi.com domain has been free as soon as March of this year, according to WebArchive. Nevertheless, the "real" IFPI wants to take it to the WIPO under the accusation of cybersquatting."
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IFPI Domain Dispute Likely to Go To Court

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  • From IFPI.com (Score:2, Informative)

    by Devv (992734) on Sunday October 21, 2007 @09:20AM (#21062495)
    "International Federation of Pirates Interests should not be confused with {The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry}[ifpi.org]."
  • by Fozzyuw (950608) on Sunday October 21, 2007 @09:34AM (#21062557)

    They're putting it to good use, right?

    It's not about "good use", it's about copyright and "bad faith" [icann.org].

    a. Applicable Disputes. You are required to submit to a mandatory administrative proceeding in the event that a third party (a "complainant") asserts to the applicable Provider, in compliance with the Rules of Procedure, that

    (i) your domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights; and

    (ii) you have no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name; and

    (iii) your domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.

    In this case, it'd probably have to resort the part (iii), which usually is about one competitor registering another competitor's site. IE. Coca-Cola registering Pepsi.com and redirecting it to Coke.com. However, IANAL, and but they can probably convince some judge of part (iii) and (iv) below.

    b. Evidence of Registration and Use in Bad Faith. For the purposes of Paragraph 4(a)(iii), the following circumstances, in particular but without limitation, if found by the Panel to be present, shall be evidence of the registration and use of a domain name in bad faith:

    (i) circumstances indicating that you have registered or you have acquired the domain name primarily for the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant who is the owner of the trademark or service mark or to a competitor of that complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of your documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain name; or

    (ii) you have registered the domain name in order to prevent the owner of the trademark or service mark from reflecting the mark in a corresponding domain name, provided that you have engaged in a pattern of such conduct; or

    (iii) you have registered the domain name primarily for the purpose of disrupting the business of a competitor; or

    (iv) by using the domain name, you have intentionally attempted to attract, for commercial gain, Internet users to your web site or other on-line location, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the complainant's mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of your web site or location or of a product or service on your web site or location.

  • Re:Pretty Cheesy (Score:4, Informative)

    by Dunbal (464142) on Sunday October 21, 2007 @10:05AM (#21062681)
    taking over and using IFPI like this is a pretty low-life kind of thing to do.

          No one has "taken over" the site. It was for sale. Someone bought it, and gave it to the Pirate Bay. If they want the site so badly, perhaps they can offer to BUY IT from Pirate Bay, no?
  • by RealGrouchy (943109) on Sunday October 21, 2007 @10:26AM (#21062795)

    In this case, it'd probably have to resort the part (iii), which usually is about one competitor registering another competitor's site.
    It's not a matter of choosing one part. It clearly states that subsections i, ii, AND iii must be met to make a cybersquatting claim.

    - RG>
  • by elronxenu (117773) on Sunday October 21, 2007 @11:41AM (#21063285) Homepage
    Like this one?

    mickey.JPG [0catch.com]

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