30 Mar '11, 2am

Court awards $100k damages to domainer falsely accused of cybersquatting in first US reverse domain hi-jacking suit

Domain investor and developer scores penalty against company that attempted reverse domain name hijacking. A judge has awarded Scott Day’s DigiMedia.com LP $103,717.66 stemming from a finding of reverse domain name hijacking against GoForIt Entertainment (pdf ). GoForIt made an interesting claim against DigiMedia back in 2006. It filed a cyberpiracy lawsuit over a number of domain names, ranging from WebDesign.com to Recipes.com to Org.com. GoForIt’s argument? If you navigated to its supposed trademark “goforit” as a third level domain name, e.g. goforit.webdesign.com, it resolved to a parked directory page that took advantage of its GoForIt mark. Essentially the third level was wildcarded, so anything you typed before the second level domain would pull up a parked page. GoForIt also sent a letter to DigiMedia’s domain registrar, Tucows, which resulted in DigiMedia’s domai...

Full article: http://domainnamewire.com/2011/03/29/court-awards-digimed...

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