Domain Name Is An Intangible Property Subject To Conversion Under California Law

Is a domain name a form of property? Property is defined as "an abstract right or a legally-constructed relationship among people with respect to things" (Mechele Dickerson, From Jeans to Genes: The Evolving Nature of Property of the Estate). According to the experts, the term 'property' includes a bundle of rights, powers, privileges and immunities of a corporation or person regarding a specific source (thing or rights). United States ("US") case law has held that the term property is "employed to signify any valuable right or interest protected by law, and the subject matter or things in which rights or interest exist." Thus, contractual rights have been considered property according to US case law. Does this mean that a corporation's domain name contract with a registrar constitute intangible property? This article provides information on the US courts' approach to this question.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Who were the parties and the facts underlying the case?
What did the lower court determine?
What did the Appellate Court Hold?
How do other US jurisdictions approach the issue of conversion for intangible property?


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