The Pirate Bay Loses IFPI.com Domain
November 30, 2007
The Pirate Bay, one of the largest BitTorrent trackers, obtained the IFPI.com domain in early October of this year. The IFPI.com domain originally belonged to the industry trade group, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Claiming it was the donation of an anonymous donor, The Pirate Bay quickly reworked the site, creating the International Federation of Pirate Interests. And all hell broke loose.
The Pirate Bay was able to obtain IFPI.com because of a simple reason, the IFPI forgot to renew the domain. Currently, there are hundreds, if not thousands of individuals out there at this very moment monitoring the top Internet domains, waiting for an organization to slip up. An anonymous individual managed to pick up the IFPI.com domain, and from there donated it to The Pirate Bay.
Considering The Pirate Bay and the IFPI are polar opposites with regards to the online copyright debate, an attempt to settle this amicably was in all likelihood out of the question. The IFPI filed a complaint with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), requesting that the domain be returned to their ownership. It seems their complaint paid off, as The Pirate Bay has been ordered
by WIPO to return the domain.
"For all the foregoing reasons, in accordance with Paragraphs 4(i) of the Policy and 15 of the Rules, the Panel orders that the domain name, be transferred to the Complainant."
The authority of the WIPO is far reaching. A common reaction may suggest that since The Pirate Bay has little respect for the IFPI or copyright law in general, why bother returning the domain. However the WIPO has the authority to compel the domain registrar to hand ownership back to the IFPI. As Peter Sunde, an administrator of The Pirate Bay told Slyck.com, he currently can do little about it.
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