Chaturbate Takes Down Another Cybersquatter

Jul 28, 2016 9:32 AM PST

LAS VEGAS — For the second time this month, Chaturbate.com has taken down a cybersquatter.

This time, Chaturbate was victorious in its pursuit of the domain Chaturbate.video, which offered recorded adult cam fare.

An arbitrator with WIPO last week ordered the domain Chaturbate.video transferred to Multi Media LLC, which owns pioneering live cam giant Chaturbate.com.

Multi Media has trademarks in the U.S. for “Chaturbate” and “Chaturbate.com” dating back four years.

The domain, Chaturbate.video, was assigned to Inga Ivanova of Tyumen, Russia, last year and, at post time, continues to offer recorded cam material, along with advertising links.

Ivanova did not respond to claims of cybersquatting in the complaint.

Arbitrator Adam Samuel this month ordered the domain name transferred after finding that Chaturbate.video is confusingly similar to the “Chaturbate” trademark, that the operator of Chaturbate.video did not have any legitimate rights or interests in the domain name, and that the operator registered and used the site as an adult portal in bad faith.

“Respondent is clearly using the disputed domain name for a commercial purpose, obtaining revenue from pay-per-click links to the complainant’s competitors,” Samuel wrote in his decision. “The respondent chose the disputed domain name to profit from the complainant’s goodwill in its ‘Chaturbate trademark.

“The respondent clearly knew of the complainant’s activities when it registered the disputed domain name. The respondent also acted in bad faith by using a privacy service.”

Earlier this month, Multi Media was handed the Chaturbate-Chat.com domain after another arbitrator found that site to be cybersquatting, as well.  

Randazza Legal Group handled both cases for Chaturbate’s parent, Multi Media.

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