Yahoo Wins YahooBook.com Domain NAme in Arbitration

An arbitrator with the National Arbitration Forum has recently awarded the domain name YahooBook.com  to Yahoo.The company submitted the complaint on February 12,2016.

According to whois records, the domain name was first registered in August,2014.

Yahoo owns many trademark registrations for the “Yahoo” mark all over the world.Therefore,it is more than obvious that the disputed domain name is confusingly similar with its trademark .Moreover,the company contended in the complaint that the respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name and that the respondent registered and used the disputed domain name in bad faith .

One of the key points of this complaint was when Yahoo managed to demonstrate that the respondent has offered to sell the disputed domain name to Complainant for between $25 million to $50 million.Moreover, Yahoo managed to demonstrate that the respondent has offered directly competing social media services on the website, disrupting this way Yahoo’s business.

Yahoo managed to establish all three elements required under the ICANN Policy and the Panel ordered the disputed domain names to be transferred from the respondent to the complainant.

You can read the decision here .

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