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French football league draws in domain name recovery battle

09 juin 2014

International Law Office

The French professional football league, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), recently attempted to recover two domain names corresponding to the designation of the French main football competition, the Ligue 1, using the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). While it managed to score 'ligue1.biz', its shot passed wide of the goal for 'ligue1.org'.

Although the domain names in question were extremely similar and the LFP essentially relied on the same arguments in both cases, the facts and the position of the respondents in each case were relatively different. This led the panellist who ruled on both matters, Martine Dehaut, to adopt substantially different approaches to the requests.


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