Snap wins infringing domains in UDRP dispute

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Snapchat creator Snap Inc has won the right to two infringing domains in a UDRP dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum.

The social media giant claimed ownership of snaphack-online.com and cnaphack-online.com.

The disputed domains diverted users to a website that Snap said was used to phish for user’s details.

Sole panellist Kenneth Port found that the domain names were confusingly similar.

He said: “In one case, the respondent also changes an ‘s’ to a ‘c’. This is insufficient to distinguish the disputed domain names from [Snap’s] trademarks.”

Port also found that the disputed domains was being used in bad faith.

He added: “Using a disputed domain name that disrupts a complainant’s business and trades upon the goodwill of a complainant for commercial gain can evince bad faith.”

Port concluded that the disputed domains should be transferred to Snap.

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