While domain names started as merely a utilitarian
addressing system, they're now expected to simultaneously act like
addresses, trademarks, commodities, collectibles, real estate, marketing gimmicks, and
vanity license plates. As a result, conflicts have developed as various
companies claim that others' domain names infringe on their trademarks.
These have been resolved (or not) in a number of ways, including court
cases as well as through domain dispute policies of the past and present --
beginning with the Network Solutions policy and culminating in the current
Pre-ICANN Domain Disputes:
How Network Solutions attempted to resolve domain disputes, or rather
cover their own butts when others sued over them, before ICANN came along
with its dispute policy.
Domain Disputes Under ICANN Policies:
Since 2000, the primary means of resolving domain disputes has been
the ICANN arbitration system, via the UDRP and other challenge policies. Has it been fair or biased?
Country code domains sometimes use the ICANN procedures but sometimes
go on their own in resolving disputes.
Domain Disputes In Court:
Despite the dispute resolution procedures, some complainants have
chosen to go to court instead, or have gone to court to overturn an
arbitration decision they disliked.
Other Domain Disputes:
Conflicts relating to domains that don't fit neatly into any of
the other categories here.
What To Do When Your Domain Is Challenged:
Some information that may help you survive a domain challenge,
including some defensive things to do before you
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This page was first created 14 Mar 2001, and was last modified 24 Mar 2002.
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