28 Mar '13, 9pm

California man guilty of reverse domain name hijacking

Sorry, you can’t just take a domain because you have a business plan for it. A California man starting a business called Joopa has been found guilty of attempted reverse domain name hijacking. Edward Smith attempted to purchase the domain name Joopa.com for a new business (which is currently online at Joopa.tv). He first offered $500, and then upped his offer to $2,600. The domain owner wanted much more. According to the domain owner, it was after Smith was originally rebuffed in 2011 that Smith filed an intent-to-use trademark application for the word “Joopa”. After the trademark was registered he filed the UDRP for the domain. So here we have a case of a domain registered in 2000. A guy wants to use the domain for a business over a decade later. After he fails to negotiate a price for the domain, he turns to UDRP to attempt to hijack the domain. It’s classic reverse doma...

Full article: http://domainnamewire.com/2013/03/28/california-man-guilt...

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