Case No Domain(s) Complainant Respondent Ruleset Status
Sigourney Weaver Stephen Gregory aka 'THIS DOMAIN NAME IS FOR SALE' UDRP TRANSFERRED


Sigourney Weaver Beats Another “Alien”

26-Jun-2009 07:56am by DefendMyDomain

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Darren Spielman

In the recent domain dispute decision of Sigourney Weaver v. Stephen Gregory a/k/a ‘THIS DOMAIN NAME IS FOR SALE’ (Nat. Arb. Forum 1256394, May 22, 2009) a three member Panel was faced with a dispute over We all know who Sigourney Weaver is, so we won’t waste time with her list of credits. (Although she deserves an extra nod of appreciation for the Alien movies) Respondent, purportedly located in the Philippines, registered the disputed domain in 1999, nearly 20 years after her emergence in the entertainment world. Weaver argued that the disputed domain was being used to automatically forward to a pornographic web site located at which then takes the user to Weaver also argued that Respondent was using the domain to sell it for profit, based upon the Whois information which stated “Stephen Gregory ‘THIS DOMAIN NAME IS FOR SALE.’”

Under the ICANN UDRP policy Complainant must prove (1) the domain name registered by Respondent is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which Complainant has rights; and (2) Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name; and (3) the domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.

In addressing the first element, the Panel noted that Weaver did not have a federal registration for her name and thus reviewed the evidence to determine if she possessed common law rights. The Panel found that her career has made her sufficiently famous and that she demonstrated secondary meaning to establish common law rights. Thus the Panel found that the domain was identical to Weaver’s rights in the mark.

Moving to the second element, the Panel noted that Weaver made a prima facie case that Respondent lack any rights or legitimate interests. This was based on the fact that Respondent was not commonly known by the disputed domain name, as stated earlier regarding the Whois information. Additionally, since the domain was being linked to pornographic material, this use was not in connection with a bona fide offering of goods and services. The Panel noted that Respondent stopped the forwarding to the pron web sites after receiving a cease and desist from Complainant. Lastly, the Panel found that since Respondent was offering to sell the domain this showed a lack of legitimate rights or interests in the domain.

Moving to the final element, bad faith, the Panel noted that Respondent had been involved in numerous prior analogous UDRP proceedings and that he engaged in a pattern of bad faith registration and use. Additionally, the Panel noted that the pornographic nature of the redirected web site also satisfied the bad faith element.

Ultimately, the Panel ruled to TRANSFER the disputed domain.


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