Geneva
30 August 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

FC Barcelona recovers infringing domain


FC Barcelona has recovered an infringing domain name after a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center panel found that it was registered in bad faith.

The domain, fcbarcelona.soccer, was registered by Ali Mohamedali of Dubai, who claimed he had registered the domain name and “pointed it to fcbarcelona.com”.

Mohamedali had offered to sell the domain to FC Barcelona for $400,000 to $450,000. He had also previously asked for FC Barcelona, as the second richest football club in the world, to sponsor his website for $1,000 per month for 10 years.

Sole panellist James Barker said this, along with the fact that the FC Barcelona trademark is well known, indicated bad faith and ordered the domain be transferred.

Mohamedali sent an email to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, which included the statement: “What I do not understand is, if you want the domain, take it.”

“The domain name is your right as it is your football club name and you will have it. I do not want to use it for my personal gain in anyway as I said. I ask humbly again, pay me for my time and effort and that’s it.”

The centre had previously noted the potential for the proceedings to be suspended to explore settlement options, but no request for suspension was made.

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