The World Intellectual Property Organization has ruled in favor of Ticketmaster in a so-called “typosquatting” Internet domain-name case.
Ticketmaster entered a complaint on April 28 with the Geneva-based patents and intellectual property authority, disputing the Web site ticketfmaster.com, which it claimed directed the visitor to Web pages that offered rival ticketing services.
The WIPO administrative panel decided that the site was registered in bad faith and has ordered the respondent, Domainstand.com, based in North Branford, Connecticut, to transfer the domain name to Ticketmaster.
It’s the latest in a long line of cases the ticketing giant has launched — and won — with the WIPO organization. On June 18, the arbitrator sided with Ticketmaster against a respondent in Cudahy, Wisconsin who had created three similarly-named sites, ticketmasterwarehouse.com, ticketmasterwarehouse.info and yourticketmaster.info.
Earlier in the month, Ticketmaster prevailed in a cybersquatting situation with the owner of the ticketmasterpanama.com site, while Darcy Andrade of Ladera Ranch, California was told by the arbitrator on May 23 to transfer eight domain names, all of which included the Ticketmaster mark.