Sky Wins WIPO against Pirate Site but Forgets to Take Site Down
Earlier this year Sky, the well-known British telecommunications company, filed a WIPO (World International Property Organization) domain dispute against a pirate website, Skysportslive.tv, that was streaming their content without their approval. Skysportslive.tv has been online for multiple years offering free access to different sports channels.
According to Sky the domain name uses their trademark without permission, the domain owner has no legitimate interest in the domain and it was registered in bad faith.
WIPO panelist Evan Brown agreed with these accusations and handed over the domain to Sky a couple of weeks ago. The respondent never bothered to respond.
Respondent is not using and has not used, or made demonstrable preparations to use, the disputed domain name in connection with a bona fide offering of goods or services. In this case, it is clear that the purpose of registering the disputed domain name was primarily to rely on the value of the Mark in order to confuse Internet users – Panelist Evan Brown
The funny part? WHOIS indicates the domain name Skysportslive.tv has been successfully transferred to Sky, yet the domain is now forwarding to crichd.in, another pirate streaming site operated by the same people. Sky seems to have forgotten to update the nameservers. Oops.