This guest post was written by Anahit A. Pogosyan, a Juris Doctorate candidate in Southwestern’s Entertainment Law and Web 2.0 course:
GoDaddy, go, but Oscar, please stop, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has said. In legal terms, the appellate judges ruled recently that GoDaddy Inc. should triumph in a cybersquatting lawsuit brought by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which claimed the giant domain-registration company illegally was profiting off its Oscar-related trademarks.
U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte wrote in his opinion that the Academy failed to show that GoDaddy acted in bad faith by letting customers buy 293 domain names, including academyawards.net, oscarsredcarpet.com, billycrystal2012oscars.com and theoscargoestothehangover.com. Purchasers often did nothing but buy these “parked” domain names, though, in theory GoDaddy might share revenue from advertising on the prospective sites. (more…)