UDRP Arbitrator Sandra Franklin offers her insights on UDRP arbitrations concerning trademarks, domain names, and cybersquatting issues in this Cybersquatting Law Radio interview. Listen or read the interview below.
“It’s interesting because parking pages tend to be the trouble spot in these, and we represent as many trademark holders as do respondent domainers, but what we always tell folks is that you can take issue with the UDRP, you can take issue with the trademark law, you can disagree with it all day long, but as a smart business person, what you should be doing is acknowledging the reality of the established precedent in this area and understand that if you put up a parking page that gravitates towards a trademark use and start showing competing ads with that trademark, then you have a very difficult time getting through the UDRP without losing your domain.”
“…if you’ve got a domain that you think is worth five or six or seven figures, then parking that page comes with risk if you have no reasonable way of excluding trademark protected ads or trademark infringement type ads on that page.”
“The software made me do it is not a defense.”
“…getting back to the reality versus the wish list of what maybe someone would want the UDRP to be and not to be, but there’s very established precedent that a registrant of a domain has a duty to control their domain. So if you’re a domainer and you realize that’s the precedent, then you shouldn’t be banking on “the software made me do it” as a defense when you come to the point of a UDRP arbitration.”
“…parking pages are a big risk. They tend to be the arrow through the heart in too many cases.”
“…for those bulk domainers who just have software doing it and they never “see” the domains they register, that’s fine as a business model if that’s the way you want to go, but it doesn’t help you under the UDRP and it doesn’t help you under the ACPA that you didn’t know what was in your portfolio, because there is certainly precedent out there that places some obligation to know certain things. It’s not like Colonel Klink, “I see nothing.” It doesn’t work very well in this case.”
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Enrico Schaefer: We are here today with Sandra Franklin. Sandra is a very experienced arbitrator and mediator. She does UDRP arbitrations as well, through both WIPO and NAF. Welcome to the show today.