More Universities Dispute—And Win—In .xxx Arbitrations

29 Mar

On Tuesday, March 27, XBiz announced that both Baylor University and University of Texas have won arbitration suits granting them control over the .xxx top-level domain names purchased and connected to their schools.  A judge said that “BaylorGirls.xxx” and “UTSystem.xxx” belong to the universities, because the registrant (who was not associated with the universities) obtained the sites and refused the schools to purchase them out of bad faith.  As evidence of the registrant’s bad faith, the universities showed evidence that the registrant accessed information attempting to find if sites such as “PennStateGirls.xxx,” “ClemsonGirls.xxx,” and “NYUGirls.xxx” were available for purchase.

These arbitrations are a continuance of the already heavily disputed .xxx top-level domain name distribution across the entire Internet.  According to the article, “out of 17 .XXX UDRP cases filed so far, eight cases have been resolved by arbitrators — all in favor of complainants.”  The article continued by stating that “[t]he victories keep mounting for .XXX complainants in the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy, or UDRP, cases, particularly since nearly all of the cases involve non-adult companies purchasing mainstream brands.”

To view the full article from XBiz, follow this link.  For more information on the .xxx top-level domain name controversy, follow this link from Wired.

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