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World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. v. Bosman

World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center
Case No. D-99-0001 (2000)


Facts

World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (WWF) (plaintiff) was an American corporation that held both service and trademarks for “World Wrestling Federation.” Michael Bosman (defendant) registered the domain name “worldwrestlingfederation.com” although he had no legitimate interest in or connection to the mark. Bosman did not develop a website using the domain name, but three days after the registration contacted WWF to offer to sell or rent the domain name to WWF for payment in excess of his registration costs. WWF brought a complaint against Bosman before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for an administrative proceeding under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Donahey, J.)

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