Tuesday, November 5, 2013

#214-1 - mtvjerseyshore.ca - TRANSFER GRANTED

The Complainants established their case and the panelist therefore directed the transfer of mtvjerseyshore.ca to the Complainants.
The registrant (W. Ryan Sutherland) did not respond to the Complaint. Viacom International Inc. is a leading global media company whose brands include MTV and its now off-the-air TV show Jersey Shore.  One of the MTV trade-marks was registered as early as 1987 and the unregistered JERSEY SHORE trade-mark was used in Canada since at least as early as December 2009. The Registrant registered the Domain Name (mtvjerseyshore.ca) in October, 2011. The Complainant delivered a cease and desist letter to the registrant, which was ignored.  The panel found that the Domain Name was registered in bad faith because it was primarily registered to disrupt the Complainant’s business – especially in light of the advertisements, photographs and blog entries related to the  Jersey Shore television show. Although the Registrant did not respond to this Complaint, he will not likely be doing any ‘fist-pumping’ following his review of this decision.  

You can read the decision here.

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