Verizon Wins Cybersquatting Battle Over .Porn Domain

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Verizon has taken over control of Verizon.porn from a cybersquatter after a successful Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) complaint. The domain name could have been blocked through the Trademark Clearinghouse, but Verizon won its bid with registrar ICM Registry to take control of it last week.

According to a report by Domain Name Wire, the suit is the first of its kind against a .porn or .adult domain name. This suggests that squatting is not common to the domain extensions, perhaps because of the yearly registration cost of around $100 or perhaps because of the thousands of trademarks already protected through the Trademark Clearinghouse. ICM Registry, which runs .porn, .adult, and .xxx has reserved Verizon.xxx, but Verizon.adult is apparently still on the market, for those into legal wrangles.

The domain name is inactive, but was registered to a New York real estate agent on June 4, when .porn and .adult reached availability. Over 21,000 domains names have been registered between the two extensions. The Domains reports that Verizon also took over verizonwireless.porn in late June, but without recourse to a UDRP complaint.

In September GoDaddy defeated a suit by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences accusing it of allowing cybersquatting.

Rackspace won a domain dispute involving a live web page with the rackspace.xyz domain name in January.

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