The FCC Proclaims Itself the UDRP for 800 Numbers

By Eric Goldman From Kevin Poulson’s Wired story: An entrepreneur registers 800-RED-CROS[S]. He claims to have done so because it has the same number as 800-RED-ARMS, and he was running a business by that name at the time. When he…

Gripers 1, Initial Interest Confusion 0–Lamparello v. Falwell

Lamparello v. Falwell, No. 04-2011 (4th Cir. Aug. 24, 2005). Following on the Ninth Circuit Bosley opinion from earlier this year, gripe sites won another important victory yesterday in the Fourth Circuit. This ruling is significant not only because it…

Search Tidbits from ABA Annual Meeting

At the ABA Annual Meeting, I was on a panel with Rose Hagan of Google and Allison McDade of Dell. A couple of tidbits from the presentations that caught my attention: 1) Rose said that Google has now been sued…

More on .kids.us

In critiquing the .xxx TLD, I took a brief swipe at the .kids.us debacle. Meanwhile, during my trip, Reuters ran a good retrospective article on the complete failure of the domain. As the article says: “while Congress and administrator NeuStar…

Why I’m Not Excited About a New .xxx TLD

I’m not really a fan of new TLDs. Mostly, I see them increasingly irrelevant, so they generate a fair amount of activity but little benefit. As a result, not surprisingly, I am not excited about a .xxx TLD. Indeed, not…

New Gripe Site Case–Faegre & Benson v. Purdy

Faegre & Benson v. Purdy, Civil File No. 03-6472 (D. Minn. Apr. 27, 2005). Another ruling in the long-running story of William Purdy, an anti-abortionist who uses extreme forms of gripe sites against his targets. This particular ruling was a…

ICANN’s Domain Name Tax on .Jobs and .Travel

I missed this before—perhaps I wasn’t the only one. ICANN has repeatedly attempted to impose a “tax” on domain names. This was first proposed back in 1999 and again at the end of 2004. Now, at the end of March,…

Widmaier on Internet Trademark Law

Uli Widmaier of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP has written an important new article, Use, Liability, and the Structure of Trademark Law, 33 Hofstra L. Rev. 603 (2004). The article makes a persuasive argument why keyword triggering should…

Google v. Froogles

Google has sued discount shopping site Froogles for trademark infringement. This is not the first time the parties have met; Google lost a UDRP against Froogles already. Most interesting line from the complaint: “As between the parties, Google is the…

NPR on Whois and Privacy

Larry Abramson of NPR ran a story entitled “New Laws on Domain Names Aim to Stem Online Fraud” (specifically referring to the Fraudulent Online Identity Sanctions Act, passed as part of the Intellectual Property Protection in Courts Administration Act). My…