Geneva
14 August 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Daily Mail recovers copycat domain


Associated Newspapers, owner of tabloid the Daily Mail, has recovered a domain name that was “confusingly similar” to the Daily Mail brand.

The disputed domain, dailymailceleb.com, features the Daily Mail trademark in full, with the addition of the word “celeb”, which the Daily Mail said “fails to break the connection between the disputed domain name and the [Daily Mail’s] trademark”.

It said the the addition “may serve to reinforce the link as the [Daily Mail’s] website and newspapers are well known for reporting on celebrity news stories”.

According to the sole panellist on the UDRP dispute at the World IP Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center, Cherise Valles, the hosted website also “prominently displayed” the distinctive logo of the Daily Mail and “attracted internet users seeking [the Daily Mail’s] website by creating a likelihood of confusion”.

The website owner added a disclaimer to the website, stating that it was in no way associated with the actual Daily Mail, but Valles ruled that this does not diminish the likelihood of confusion and ordered the domain to be transferred.

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