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Domain Names

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Legal Analysis

  • If someone registers and uses a domain name that is a mark owned by another company, then the registrant may be liable for trademark infringement and dilution
    • legal disputes involving domain names have mainly arisen under trademark rights
  • Legal disputes may also arise regarding contracts over domain name transfers
  • UDRP governs trademark disputes between domain name registrants and third party complainants
    • All registrants who register through an ICANN-approved registrar are required to agree to UDRP
    • UDRP does not preempt a court of law from settling the dispute
Panavision Int'l, L.P. v. Toeppen, 945 F. Supp. 1296 (C.D. Cal. 1996)
Law of the Internet Vol. 1 §4.03

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