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Courts recognize domain names as a species of property, see, e.g., Jonathan D. Hart, Internet Law 120 (2008) (“domain names are subject to
the same laws as other types of intangible property”) (quoted with approval by the Ninth Circuit in CRS Recovery, Inc. v. Laxton, 600 F.3d 1138, 1142 (9th Cir. 2010)), and have ordered the
transfer of a domain name to address a defendant’s wrongful behavior. See, e.g., Tony Burch LLC v. Yong Sheng Int’l Trade Co., Ltd., No. 10-9336 (S.D.N.Y. May 13, 2011) (ordering the
domain names associated with the defendant’s wrongful conduct be transferred to the plaintiff’s ownership and control).

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