Philadelphia Inquirer loses dispute over domain name that includes "Philly".
The Philadelphia Inquirer, and its parent
company apparently think they own the term “Philly”.
True, the newspaper’s home on the web is Philly.com. But anyone who has ever
eaten a Philly cheesesteak knows that it’s a common nickname for the city.
It's a little surprising that the Philadelphia Inquirer decided to go after a local
news site, Philly2Philly.com, claiming that it was cybersquatting on its
trademark for Philly.com.
Philadelphia Media Network filed a cybersquatting
complaint against Philly2Philly.com and lost hands down. The
arbitration panel didn’t find that the paper had tried reverse domain name
hijacking, but it certainly doesn’t look good. The respondent a federally registered trademark for
Philly2Philly.com, although the paper is also challenging that.