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Refusing to Relinquish Domain Name After Termination of Distribution Agreement

The conjunctive rule for proving bad faith weighs heavily on manufacturers who entered into distribution arrangements authorizing use of their trademarks in domain names without anticipating the consequences of termination. The issue is illustrated in Danshar (1963) Ltd. v. Joey Gilbert/ Daisy Li, D2011-2304 (WIPO March 11, 2012) (Complainant acquired the business for which Respondent […]

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When Inactivity Rises to the Level of Bad Faith

One of the central propositions of UDRP jurisprudence is that mere assertion of bad faith is insufficient for the complainant to establish infringement of its rights. This is so even if respondent lacks rights or legitimate interests in the domain name. The Panel in Murad, Inc. v. Stacy Brock, FA1202001430865 (Nat. Arb. Forum March 31, […]

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Paying Authors for Their Work

Co-author Gerad M. Levine Whether money is the motive for writing – “[n]o man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money” (Samuel Johnson) – or only one of the rewards for those lonely hours of composition, how does the author get paid? Before she reaches the “royalties” clause in her publishing contract she has […]

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Consequences of Withdrawing UDRP Complaint

Rule 17 of the Rules of the Policy provides instructions for terminating a proceeding after the file has been submitted to the Panel. Subparagraph (a) states that “[i]f, before the Panel’s decision, the Parties agree on a settlement, the Panel shall terminate the administrative proceeding.” Subparagraph (b) contemplates the happening of an intervening contingency that […]

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