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CBC Wins Back Hockey Night in Canada

Fri, 9 Feb 2007 9:49:00 EST

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation won a battle over the domain name hockeynightincanada.ca. The cybersquatter, Ghalib Dhalla, had registered the domain on Nov 8th, 2000 and allegedly contacted the CBC to negotiate a transfer at a price that nicely totalled roughly the costs it would take to claim the domain name under the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP).

"The CBC ended negotiations, sent a cease and desist letter to the registrant and commenced proceedings under the CDRP.

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Under the criteria required to succeed in a CDRP dispute, the CBC was successful in proving, on a balance of probabilities, that the domain name was confusingly similar to a mark in which the CBC had rights, which rights predated the domain name registration, that the registrant had registered the domain name in bad faith and that the registrant didn't have a legitimate interest in the domain name."

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