Safenames Ltd assists Pornhub, Redtube, Youporn and Tube8 with the recovery of...

Safenames Ltd assists Pornhub, Redtube, Youporn and Tube8 with the recovery of 19 domain names

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2017 was a fruitful year for some of the leading brands in the adult entertainment industry, PORNHUB, REDTUBE, YOUPORN and TUBE8, all represented by Safenames Ltd. Examples of published decisions include REDTUBE’s successful recovery of redtubexxx.xxx and redtubehd.tv, which were both won through WIPO’s UDRP procedure, back in July. However, this success was not only limited to these published decisions but also through several settled disputes, such as

The fact that many of the domain names were transferred so quickly, without the need to proceed to a UDRP decision, emphasizes the strength of these brands, which time and time again, dissuade cybersquatters from illegitimately registering domain names featuring the above terms.

Towards the end of the year, YOUPORN and PORNHUB recovered 14 domain names which utilize the Italian ccTLD ‘.it’: as following

  1. <pornhub.it>
  2. <pornub.it>
  3. <wwwpornhub.it>               
  4. <www-youporn.it>              
  5. <wwwyouporno.it>              
  6. <wwwyuporn.it>                
  7. <wwyouporn.it>                
  8. <yiuporn.it>
  9. <youporm.it>
  10. <youuporn.it>
  11. <yoyporn.it>
  12. <ypuporn.it>
  13. <yuoporno.it>
  14. <yuouporn.it>

These domain names were registered to ‘Vito Longo’ (the Respondent) and in most cases, re-directed to the adult cam site, www.chaturbate.com, where the registrant was likely receiving some financial gain by way of redirect fees; such use is consistently held by Panelists as a clear example of bad faith use. As the Italian dispute policy does not adopt the same principles as the UDRP, the process required a challenge of the domain names through the Italian NIC, Registro.it. Safenames Ltd, acting as representatives for YOUPORN and PORNHUB, filed a challenge against all domain names, which ultimately led to the Registrant canceling the domains before proceedings commenced. This instant recovery again demonstrates the strength of the YOUPORN and PORNHUB trademarks, which have convinced registrants to cancel or transfer domain names, before reaching a panel decision.

Mr. Adan McManus, Brand Protection Manager at Safenames Ltd, has commented that he is delighted with the work done for such established brands and anticipate protecting these brands going forward into 2018. McManus further adds that: “we are delighted to have retrieved these domain names for PORNHUB, REDTUBE, YOUPORN, and TUBE8 and can only hope that their success this year will persuade others to think carefully when registering domain names that might infringe upon these well-known names.”

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