Amazon Wins Domain Battle Against AmazonBooks.net
from the now-that-seems-more-reasonable dept
Well, here’s a case where I do agree that someone was clearly misusing a domain name for their own profit. Some guy had registered Amazonbooks.net and Amazonbooks.org, and then claimed that he was using them to sell books about the Amazon River. Of course, the site also looked a bit like Amazon.com. That’s a case where someone is clearly violating trademark and trying to profit off of someone else’s work by pretending to be them. WIPO has agreed and told the guy he needs to give up the domains. Of course, there was also the situation of the Amazon Bookstore in Minneapolis that claimed Amazon.com was trying to infringe on their trademark back in 1999, which was a much sketchier claim. However, when you look at these things closely, you can tell pretty quickly when it’s a case of one company pretending to be another.