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STARBUCKS FINALLY GETS ITS FRAPPUCCINO

17th July, 2003

International coffee shop chain Starbucks has won starbuckscoffee.com and frappuccino.com under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) finally ending a dispute started over 6 years ago. 

The wrangle over the domains began when Atlanta-based Duncan Freeman registered them in April and October 1997. Starbucks' lawyers wrote to Freeman and asked for the domains to be transferred in return for his "out of pocket costs". Freeman refused and brought in his lawyers to put up a defence on his behalf. 

In February 1998 Starbucks then filed an objection to the registrar - Network Solutions - noting that the domains were identical to their trade marks. As this was prior to the introduction of the UDRP they were forced to rely on the NetSol's dispute policy which was then in effect. Rather than transferring the domains, as they would now on a successful challenge under the UDRP, NetSol suspended them according to its old procedures. And so it remained until February 2000. 

During this time, however, the lawyers had been negotiating, with Starbucks remaining steadfast with their offer of out of pocket costs and with the registrant demanding $7,500 in reward for preventing someone from "Senegal or Madagascar or Zanzibar" registering the domains. They also claimed that the web sites associated with the domain names were to be used as a non-commercial message board for "comments, messages, recipes, prose, poetry, and related information about different coffees, coffee varieties, blends, manufacturers, processes and terminology" and therefore did not conflict with Starbucks' corporate activities.

Details at: http://www.demys.net/news/2003/07/17_starbucks.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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