03 Dec '13, 2pm

Square Grouper Tiki Bar guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Florida bar filed UDRP despite knowing domain name wasn’t registered in bad faith. Castaways Bar, LLC , owner of Square Grouper Tiki Bar in Jupiter, Florida, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking by filing a UDRP against SquareGrouper.com. When the company opened its bar in 2003, SquareGrouper.com was already registered. The registrant apparently was working on a screenplay by the name Square Grouper, and had already registered a “treatment” with the Writers Guild of America West for the screenplay. Thus, the bar ended up registering SquareGrouper.net. It says it was “forced to utilize” the domain name squaregrouper.net “due to the misappropriation and holding ‘hostage’ by the Respondent of the .com domain name”. In other words, the respondent had already registered the domain name before Square Group Tiki Bar was in existence, so it went with the alternat...

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