Domain Names Incorporating Trademarked Fictional Characters Found Infringing

The administrative panel at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has held on multiple occasions that domain names that use the names of trademarked fictional characters infringe upon those trademarks. On such occasions, the panel has ordered that the infringing domain names be transferred to the respective trademark owners.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are some of the possible legitimate, good faith uses of a trademarked name of a fictional character?
Can one register domain names that refer to famous fictional characters, but that can have an alternative meaning?
Can a use of a fictional character as part of a domain name ever be considered non-infringing?


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