Playboy gets domain name in cybersquatting dispute

Playboy gets domain name in cybersquatting dispute

Iconic adult entertainment brand gets control of domain that was registered back in 1995.

Playboy has obtained the domain name in a cybersquatting dispute.

Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. has won control of the domain name after filing a cybersquatting dispute against the domain name.

A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist determined that the current owner of the domain, E-Magine, registered the domain in bad faith and didn’t have any legitimate interests or rights in the domain name.

Playboy has many trademarks for the term “Centerfold”. The oldest registered trademark it has for the term “Centerfold” by itself dates to 1996. was registered in 1995 but historical records at show that the current owner was not the original owner.

The panelist didn’t know whether the current owner was the original owner, but pointed out that Playboy already established some level of common law rights in the word centerfold many years before the domain was registered.

The domain name does not currently resolve. It will be transferred to Playboy within about 10 days, assuming the current owner doesn’t file a lawsuit to block the transfer.

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