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Zip.ca lets zip.tv expire then files UDRP to get it back

Kevin Murphy, November 30, 2011, 14:42:45 (UTC), Domain Registrars

The Canadian movie rental site Zip.ca, a sister company of Pool.com, has filed a cybersquatting complaint with WIPO over the domain name zip.tv.

A UDRP filed over a dictionary word would often scream reverse domain name hijacking, but it appears that in this case Zip.ca owned the matching .tv but accidentally let it expire.

According to historical Whois records, Zip.ca owned zip.tv until July 6 this year, when the registration expired and it went into its registrar’s “Reactivation Pending” status.

It was then acquired by a Chinese registrant, Mai Lifang, in October. The domain is currently parked.

It’s embarrassing for Zip.ca, given that its parent, Momentous, is primarily a domain name company, owning DomainsAtCost.com, Pool.com, Internic.ca, Rebel.com and NameScout.

Zip.tv was not just a defensive registration, either. It was previously promoted as a community-focused YouTube-style companion site for Zip.ca back in 2007.

The company also owns a trademark on the domain.

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Comments (6)

  1. Abdu says:

    Someone’s going to get ‘zipped-out’ over this mistake.

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  3. Ms Domainer says:

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    Unless the new owner is making money off zip.ca’s brand, then this one will be difficult to win, I think.

    “Zip” is a generic word; it is my understanding that the TLD cannot be a part of a WIPO, ala via.com.

    In any case, this was zip.ca’s fault, intentional or not.

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    • Kevin Murphy says:

      If the current owner tried to sell it back to them for a ridiculous sum, that will probably be enough to show bad faith, imho.

  4. Ron says:

    This is a very sad case, wow, trademark on a word like zip means nothing zip lines etc….

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