The National Arbitration Forum issued decisions on the rights to YouTube. (News/Aktienkurs) net, CTV.com, and AmericanGirl.net. Conflicts over domain names are on the rise. The dispute resolution provider handled 1,658 domain disputes in 2006, a 21 percent increase from the prior year, and 1,805 disputes in 2007.
The following decisions were made in accordance with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) by independent and neutral arbitrators on the National Arbitration Forum Panel.
Complainant Google Inc., owner of the popular video sharing site YouTube.com, filed a complaint on March 11, 2008 against YiWuShi Shuangfeng Jixie Youxian Gongsi of China, the registered owner of YouTube.net.
The National Arbitration Forum PanelistÂ followed traditional UDRP principlesÂ in disregarding the functional â.netâ generic top-level domain (gTLD) when determining the âYouTubeâ domain name was identical toÂ Complainant‘s YOUTUBE trademark.Â The arbitrator also found that the website at the domain name advertises and displays adult-oriented content. The owner of YouTube.net registered and used the domain name in bad faith based on the fact that it wasÂ usingÂ Complainant‘s well-known markÂ to provide such content. For these reasons, the National Arbitration Forum granted transfer of YouTube.net to Google Inc. on May 5, 2008.
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