Vulfpeck band member tries reverse domain name hijacking

JulienJ

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Jack Stratton filed a dispute to try to get the domain name Vulf.com on behalf of the record label.

A founding member of the funk group Vulfpeck has been found guilty of trying to reverse hijack a domain name in a cybersquatting dispute.

Jack Stratton filed the dispute with National Arbitration Forum on behalf of Vulf Records. He argued that the domain name Vulf.com was cybersquatting on its brand.

But the current owner of Vulf.com owned it well before ether Vulfpeck or the record label were formed, according to the decision.
The three-member panel noted that Vulf Records didn’t appear to be represented by counsel, which might explain why its filing was so bad. Still, the panel said that Stratton should have known the case was doomed to fail:

Even though Complainant appears to be self-represented, he should have recognized that a domain name registered years before the Complainant even claims to have begun using the mark could not possibly have been registered in a bad faith effort to exploit the Complainant’s mark.


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