A federal court has handed a victory to the Motion Picture Academy in the effort to root out a large number of websites capitalizing on the kudos, judgment that 135 domain names registered through GoDaddy. com are “confusingly similar” to Oscar trademarks.
U. S. District Judge Audrey Collins, in an order issued upon Nov. 4, listed such domains as awardsoscar. com, globeacademyawards. com and oscarresults. net. Also shown were sites such as leezagibbonsoscarparty. com and internetoscar. com.
Collins did rule that five sites registered with GoDaddy were not “confusingly similar. They were oscar-mike. com, oasinoscar. com, oscarylalo. com, ixoscar. com and saysoscar. com.
The Academy of Movie Arts & Sciences sued GoDaddy, claiming that it was violating laws towards so-called “cybersquatting, ”claiming that it has attempted to monetize registrations of brands that are similar to the Oscar trademarks. Collins ruled in June that GoDaddy was not entitled to “safe harbor” security, and that it “traffics” in plus “uses” domain names via its Parked Pages program.