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Go Daddy files UDRP on “Mad Dog” host

Kevin Murphy, January 5, 2011, 15:46:04 (UTC), Domain Registrars

Go Daddy has filed a UDRP complaint against a web hosting company that uses a similar brand to sell domain names, maddogwebhosting.com.

The domain appears to have been used by a small-time hosting reseller for about two years. Its mailing address is a flat in south London.

But Go Daddy subsidiary Mad Dog Domains, which also sells hosting, has been around for longer and appears to have a trademark on its brand.

It’s not really an open-and-shut case by UDRP standards, given that Mad Dog Web Hosting appears to be a legitimate site, but I suspect Go Daddy has a reasonably good chance of prevailing.

We’ll have to wait for the ruling to be made and published by WIPO to find out the full details.

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Comments (3)

  1. Francesco says:

    mmm… and the whois shows an address in Canada…

  2. Nic says:

    “…but I suspect Go Daddy has a reasonably good chance of prevailing.”

    How?

    UDRP 4(c)(i) offers a clear defence:
    http://www.icann.org/en/dndr/udrp/policy.htm

    On its face (reading your post) this sounds like a trademark or passing off dispute and an abuse, by GoDaddy, of the UDRP.

    (I like this blog!!!)

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