Judge Lewis Kaplan hammered his gavel on the cybersquatting scrum between programmer Jason Kneen and OfficeLinks.com executive Harsh Mehta. In tennis speak: “Advantage, Kneen.” A Quick Background Summary of the Mehta v. Kneen Cybersquatting Laws Case Kneen, a U.K.-based programmer, bought workbetter.com in 1999.More recently,...
Programmer Buys Domain In The 1990s; Startup Wants It In 2014. Sixteen years ago, a London-based programmer, Jason Kneen, purchased the domain workbetter.com. Fast forward to 2014. According to reports, Kneen was contacted by Harsh Mehta, the entrepreneur behind OfficeLinks; he wants to buy workbetter.com. To...
A U.S. court ruling paved the way for lawsuits against domain registrars that offer “cash for parking” programs. The high-profile case, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences v. GoDaddy.com Inc., may have a profound effect on cybersquatting lawsuits from this point forward. Background On...
They’re heeerrrreeee….. Ladies and gents, we’re entering a new era of the Internet. For some time now, we’ve been freed from boring, generic top-level domains, like .com, .net, .org and .biz. Now, we can feast on spicy gTLDs, like .tv and .[your hometown]. And things...
What happens when you own a domain name trademarked by someone else, and s/he wants it back? Must you give it up? Can you demand money for the prized URL? We’ll answer these questions by reviewing a domain trademark case involving the WWE and an...
It's a legal showdown between the Grand Poobah of corporate do-goodery and a small-town-saving yogurt company. Simple trademark rights anchor Dov Seidman v. Chobani; but the suit did spawn a teasingly complex Twitter marketing question. Who’s Who: Dov Seidman and Chobani Yogurt Dov Seidman: Corporate...
When it comes to cybersquatting, sometimes the business competition compliance line isn’t crystal clear. The Domain Name Scuffle That Started A Business Competition Legal Skirmish The Hatfields and McCoys of the Washington State roofing industry are suiting up to do battle over a domain name....
A high-profile Internet law case is hogging headlines in China. Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd (“Qihoo”) and Tencent, the world’s 3rd largest Internet company behind Amazon and Google, have been entangled in a longtime legal battle. Think of Qihoo v. Tencent as the Google antitrust...
A pair of mail-order bride websites – Anastasia International and EM Models (dba, Elena’s Models) -- went toe-to-toe in court. By way of a lawsuit, Anastasia accused EM of false advertising, trademark infringement, and defamation, alleging the latter commissioned a so-called “suck site,” anastasiadatingfraud.com. EM...
Are you ready for some football tank wars!? A game developer v. game developer lawsuit, the case we're about o dissect involves both online intellectual property and slander…kinda. Origins of A Game Developer Lawsuit World of Tanks is a game developed by Wargaming.net. Project Tank...
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