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Forbes Russia Wins Domain Name and $300,000 Award

January 15, 2010.ru, domain dispute, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & LawComments Off on Forbes Russia Wins Domain Name and $300,000 Award

Forbes Russia picks up domain name — and $300,000 — in dispute.

Forbes Media and Axel Springer Russia, the group that publishes the Forbes magazine and Forbes Online in Russia under license from Forbes Media, have won a case against a cybersquatter for the domain Forbes.ru. Not only did the plaintiffs pick up the domain name, but the court also awarded it a $300,000 fine from the defendant, travel company Landmark VIP Service.

According to an article on Forbes Russia’s web site, the $300,000 is the highest fine ever levied by Russia’s arbitration court for the unlawful use of a trademark in the domain name. Recently, Forbes.ru has been showing travel ads, including for a cruise to Antartica, the story notes.

Forbes Russia has been using the domain name ForbesRussia.ru as an alternative, but hopes to have the Forbes.ru domain name in its hands soon.


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