Ordered Transferred to Animated GIF Site Operator Ordered Transferred to Animated GIF Site Operator

NEW BERN, N.C.  — Ruling in a cybersquatting case, an arbitrator has ordered the domain of porn site transferred to Giphy Inc., a company that has made its name known as a database of animated GIF files.

Giphy Inc., which also operates, a site that claims to be “the best and newest GIFs and animated stickers online,” filed a complaint with Forum arbitrators in August claiming that registrant Andrius Beisbolas of Lithuania was squatting on a domain that offered adult GIFs and advertising.

Giphy noted in its complaint that it holds a trademark registered in 2014 for the “Giphy” mark and that domain is confusingly similar to its own mark as it incorporates the mark in its entirety and merely adds the generic term “porn” and the generic top-level domain “.com.”

The arbitrator who heard the case ruled against Beisbolas, holding he had no legitimate interests operating the domain. Beisbolas never responded to the complaint.

“Respondent’s use of the domain to display pornographic content constitutes bad faith registration and use under policy,” the arbitrator said in an opinion that ordered the domain name transferred.