The Criticism Or Parody Defense Of Choosing Domain Names

An individual registered a domain name in an attempt of parody and was taken to arbitration to determine whether the criticism or parody privilege would extend to the use of the suffix “sucks.” The arbitration panel determined that the use of the suffix “sucks” in the domain name is not confusingly similar.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Who are ICANN and WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center ?
What are the facts of this case and the parties involved?
What does Walmart have to show under ICANN Procedure and U.S. Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA") in order to have the domain name seized?
What did the arbitration panel determine?
What is the effect of this decision?


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