Lord of the Rings vs. Sex-Hobbit.com

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 by clicky

                                        WIPO Decision
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Tolkien Enterprises, a division of the Saul Zaentz Company, which owns certain worldwide exclusive rights to the literary works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, has recently won a WIPO decision to obtain a hobbit-themed domain from a Netherlands cybersquatter. 

Sex-Hobbit.com was registered on Jan. 27, 2004 and evidence shows the Respondent’s website is not focused on fantasy, or midgets, or Hobbits, but simply on exploiting links to extreme pornographic sites, most probably to generate click-through income or for some other commercial benefit.

The complaint was filed with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center on October 11, 2007 and was officially transferred to Tolkien Enterprises on December 4, 2007.

The main reasons for the WIPO decided transfer was:
1. The contested domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the Complainant has rights.
2. The Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name.
3. The domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.

See the official WIPO Arbitration Panel Decision here.

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