Top Domain Name Wire Stories of May 2011

Top Domain Name Wire Stories of May 2011

May flowers? A look back at the month in domaining.

Summer isn’t officially here in the northern hemisphere, but as schools call it quits for the year it certainly seems that way. Here’s a look back at the top stories on Domain Name Wire for May, ranked by number of page views.

1. Monte Cahn Sues Oversee.net Over $13 Million Incentive Plan – it’s unfortunate to see a court battle between Moniker‘s founder and one of the biggest companies in the industry. We’ll have to see how it plays out.

2. Urgent: Now Intellectual Property Group Wants to Apply New Rights Protections to .Net – it was urgent, although BoingBoing misunderstood it.

3. .XXX Domain Pricing From $75 – a run down of how much you can expect to pay for the .xxx top level domain name.

4. How to Avoid Go Daddy’s 60 Day Lock for Whois Changes – Here’s how to avoid Go Daddy’s 60 day lock on transfers after changing whois information on your domains.

5. Google Adsense for Domains Now Allows Template Selection – Google’s self-service Adsense solution slowly adds new features.


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Hospitality Company Claims Leisure.com Infringes Its Trademarks

Hospitality Company Claims Leisure.com Infringes Its Trademarks

Company wants to trade up to better domain name through lawsuit.

Leisure Hotel Corporation has filed a lawsuit against the owner of Leisure.com claiming trademark infringement, counterfeiting, false designations of origin, and cybersquatting (pdf).

Let me ask you a simple question: If you were the person who plunked down $150,000 to buy Leisure.com a couple years ago, what would you plan to do with it? The most obvious thing would be a site about travel. It’s a great use of a good generic domain name.

Generic.

But not according to Leisure Hotel Corporation, which bills itself as providing “a wide array of services in the hospitality, restaurant, and resort businesses”.

The company claims that Leisure.com’s use as a travel booking comparison engine infringes its marks:

The Website prominently uses LEISURE nominative phrases, including without limitation, LEISURE, LEISURE.COM, LEISURE SEARCH, and LEISURE TRAVEL (collectively the “Infringing Marks”), in its domain name and throughout the content of the webpages accessible at the Website.

Well, duh. It’s a web site about leisure.

Among Leisure Hotel Corporation’s demands is a lot of money and to get its hands on the domain name.



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