Superman recovers stolen domain name from cybersquatter under UDRP:
As reported by The Register last week, DC Comics successfully recovered the domain name manofsteel.com in a decision handed down by the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) under the UDRP. DC Comics has owned trademark rights to “MAN OF STEEL” since 1999, and “THE MAN OF STEEL” since 1987. The stolen domain name “manofsteel.com” was registered in 2001.
After panel review, NAF concluded that the stolen domain name was:
- identical and confusingly similar to DC’s registered trademarks;
- the respondent did not have rights or legitimate interests in the domain name; and
- the respondent had registered the stolen domain name in bad faith.
According to the NAF panel, DC Comics met all three elements required under Paragraph 4(a) of the Policy and the disputed domain name was transferred.
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