Does A Movie From 1983 Give MGM Permanent Control Over The Domain Wargames.com?
from the would-you-like-to-play-a-game? dept
The domain name arbitration game is a tricky one, especially if you’re going up against a big company. Unlike the legal system, the system for domain name arbitration is… well… somewhat arbitrary. You’re bound by the rulings of arbitrators who don’t have to work off of any precedent and often make decisions without clear reasoning. Rogers Cadenhead, a Techdirt reader, is apparently going to blog about his ongoing domain arbitration battle with MGM over the domain wargames.com. MGM claims that due to the 1983 movie War Games, they own the right to the domain in question. Cadenhead, however, has a decent argument against that. He’s owned the domain since 1998, and clearly has not been using it for squatting purposes (the easiest way to lose your domain name in an arbitration suit). Instead, he’s spent some time setting up an online business selling computer games that have something to do with a war theme. Given the history of the domain name arbitration game, where the big company almost always wins, the deck is stacked against Cadenhead — but in the meantime, it seems that MGM’s suit may have just helped pump up extra attention for his site.