Chancer Stripped of Domain Name Rights ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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The Estonian Internet Foundation's domain disputes committee has settled another case in favor of a well-known trademark owner, ruling that a dot-ee domain name be given over to Federal Express Corporation.

The committee stated that the registrant had no legitimate interest in claiming the domain name, fedex.ee.

"It is bound to happen occasionally that speculators appear among domain name registrants claiming domain names that bear a similarity to valuable trademarks in order to rake in a profit from the trademark owners," said Marek-Andres Kauts, chairman of the board of the Internet Foundation.

"The message to hustlers is that gambling with dot-ee domain names will not pay off. Trademark owners will file a claim with the committee, will prove their rights over the domain and will be awarded [the rights]," said Kauts.

The domain disputes committee is an independent extrajudicial body that offers a speedier alternative to going to court, although turning to it does not exclude parallel court action.

 

Erkki Sivonen

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