WIPO grants cybersquatting win to EFF


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has won a cybersquatting dispute against a registrant who allegedly made a nearly identical version of the organisation’s website.

It filed the case at the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center in July and the decision was made on September 13.

The domain name in question, electronicfrontier.org, was set up in January 2016 and led to a “version of the complainant’s official website as it existed on January 13, 2016”.

The respondent was accused of copying “thousands of the complainant’s web pages, most of which include the complainant’s trademark and purport to be its official publication, albeit with content that is more than a year out of date”.

Andrew Lothian was appointed sole panellist.

He found that the respondent had “intended to impersonate” the complainant and therefore was acting in bad faith, had no rights or legitimate interests, and had a confusingly similar domain.

Lothian said “little is known regarding the respondent”.

The decision was published on September 21.

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