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Dr Martens grabs “sucks” domains from Dr Marten

Kevin Murphy, May 18, 2011, 15:46:27 (UTC), Domain Policy

Shoemaker Dr Martens has won three “sucks” domains from a registrant that may actually be a genuine doctor called Marten.

The company won a UDRP case over drmartensucks.net, as well as the .org and .info equivalents.

The name and address in the Whois records for the domains correspond to a cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco named Dr Timothy Marten (rather than Martens).

The Whois could of course be fake, but what we may have here is a case of a defensive registration made by an individual worried about his reputation being challenged and won equally defensively by a company worried about its reputation.

The respondent did not respond to the complaint, so we’ll probably never know. All three domains were parked with Go Daddy.

Oddly, the .com variant of the domain was not part of the case, and still belongs to the same original “Dr Marten” registrant.

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