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Handling a Domain Name Dispute Without a Lawyer
How to best defend one's rights in domian name arbitration without a lawyer?

 1:43 pm on Jan 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

I have a domain name which is "NO Way" similer to a big compnay, but they have big lawyers so they filed the case to get my domain. they have sent the copy of case to my registrar and my registrar has locked the domain and they are saying that untill this case is resolved, my domain will be locked. My registrar also accepts that my domain is no where related to them, but they are helpless saying that "it wil be locked untill both parties resolve it with mutual understanding.

I dont understand how this mutual understanding comes when someone already filed a case. And why there should be any mutual understanding if I am not violating any rule?

Can anyone help me here?




 4:13 pm on Feb 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

Tabish, you could try to contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it's a long shot (or not) but it only costs one email. If you explain your David vs. Goliath situation you might get some good free legal advice/assistance or be pointed in the direction of such.


 4:13 pm on Feb 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

Nice work. Very helpful contributions. Please keep them coming.

If anyone has personally handled the arbitration process without legal counsel I would be interested to read about your experience.

For those who think the cost of counsel may be astronomical that may be a bad assumption. The comments of at least one lawyer that routinely practices in this area suggest that - in many cases - since he/she has addressed the same process and similar issues many times it is possible to get a semi-canned / semi-customized response filed without great expense.

OTOH, in a more complex and economicially important case "cheap is not the way to go". :)


 7:28 pm on Feb 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

The lawyer may cost you about $2500.
I know a few very good ones,but not sure whether if you are looking for the lawyer or want to handle this case yoruself?

I have had multiple disputes about domain names in past including one at WIPO,but without my lawyer i dont think i could manage to pass as i did with him.

Did you performed elementary steps,like searched whether if your name is trademarked in USPTO etc?


 10:54 am on Feb 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

French speaker/webmaster may also check foruminternet.org or droitdunet.fr

Le Forum des droits sur l’internet is a non profit multi-stakeholder body. Since its creation in May 2001, the Forum has been working on internet legal and societal issues.

Le Forum des droits sur l’internet has 4 missions : - To organize cooperation between public and private actors on internet legal issues related to content and services - To sensibilize and inform the public (www.droitdunet.fr) - To propose an alternative dispute resolution service dedicated to internet issues - To cooperate with a network of international correspondents

The Forum is supported by the French government and ensures the general secretary of the « Conseil consultatif de l’internet ».

I know links are not allowed here but this page will be very useful for any French particular who has any dispute (payment issue, bidding issue, host issue, French domain name issue, copyright issue) - www.foruminternet.org/particuliers/mediation/


 3:03 pm on Feb 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

I have filed my responce without the help of any lawyer.

Now I am waiting. Lets see.



 4:32 am on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

seems like tabish won this one [webmasterworld.com]!


 4:34 am on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yes.. I WON

Thank you for all your help :)


 6:52 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Wow excellent news!


 10:56 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Go team! :)

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