Boston pitching legend Curt Schilling has filed a UDRP on his Matching .Com domain name CurtSchilling.com
Mr. Schilling has also spoken about political ambitions running for Senator against Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts’ 2018 Senate race.
It appears the domain names has been owned by third parties since at least 2002.
The domain name CurtSchilling.com currently forwards to the website SnackSmarter.com
It does not appear that Mr. Schilling has a website but does have a blog at 38pitches.wordpress.com
The case number is D2016-2642 and was field with WIPO.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes.
I think no one has cared since 2002 because no one cares. Hate to say it but he is a B lister at best now, maybe lower.
He’ll win and to get the domain. It’s a personal name, can’t really claim it’s not squatting if there is no fan site, or gripe site on it.
If it was just Curt or just Schilling, the respondent could easily win. With it being first and last name, I still think the respondent can win. There is no TM that I can see.
If I am an investor in first and last name combinations, that is no crime unless there is a trademark.
Soon I guess there could be UDRP for pet’s names too. Silly.
If there is no Trademark, there should be no UDRP.
William Devane says
It could go either the Keith Urban route where the celebrity Keith Urban is unable to take the domain from citizen Keith Urban, OR go the Stamos route where John Stamos takes his domain away from someone known as Ryan Foo.
Curt Schilling has established a common law trademark in his name just like John Stamos, whether or not it is a registered trademark, it is a stronger claim to rights than a respondent of a different name.
Michael Berkens says
A panelist in many cases the Honorable Neil Brown has a white paper on the subject its a little old 2008 but is 178 pages long:
The complainant will win this UDRP if the respondent’s last name is NOT Schilling.
Curt Schilling was a great baseball pitcher; but he’s been a terrible businessman and a mediocre sportscaster,
He should win this case, albeit ONLY if the respondent has no affiliation with the name “Schilling”: family, etc
If the respondent does not hire an IP lawyer, he will have a slim chance of winning. With an IP lawyer, he might have a 40-50% chance of winning.
It seems that the respondent owns over 10,000 domain names. and his last name is not Schilling.
A domainer with no clear legitimate business interest in the name will most likely lose it.