Disney victorious in battle for domain names

Disney Enterprises recently won back two domain names that had been infringing on its 1981 US trademark.

The domain names in question were disneyriverdruises.com and disneyspecialist.com registered in August 2015 and August 2014 respectively by an individual named Mark Brekhus.
According to the World IP Review, Disney filed a complaint to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum in June declaring that the registered websites were inactive meaning that as well as infringing on their trademark, the name was also being used in bad faith and the owner evidently had no interest in it.

In July, since no response was received from the domain’s owner, the domains were passed to Disney by Ho Hyun Nahm, a panellist.
In his decision, Nahm agreed with Disney that the names of the domains were indeed similar to that of their trademark and that they must have been registered in bad faith. Brekhus would have known of the existence of their mark since their brand is renowned worldwide.

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