Register.com disputes Register.cc domain

Register.com logoDomainIT logoRegister.com has filed a UDRP against another registrar, DomainIT for its use of Register.cc. Currently register.cc redirects to DomainIT’s main website.

Domain Name Wire has looked at this dispute and notes it “is an interesting case on a couple grounds. First, it’s rare to see two ICANN-accredited registrars on opposing sides of a UDRP arbitration. Second, it’s a .cc domain, which is not a popular domain and not commonly disputed under UDRP.”

Domain Name Wire has dug into the case and found register.cc was registered in 1997, two years before the earliest trademark filing they could find for either Register or Register.com. And why are they going after the domain name? “Like any corporation with a well known brand, we have a domain name branding program where we try to get all domain names that are representative of our trademark,” Register.com General Counsel Roni Jacobson told Domain Name Wire. She explained that the company owns many TLDs of the word “Register”, including country code domains.

To read the full article in Domain Name Wire, see domainnamewire.com/2008/03/03/registercom-goes-after-registercc