Chaturbate Wins 4 Cybersquatting, Typosquatting Cases

Chaturbate Wins 4 Cybersquatting, Typosquatting Cases
Rhett Pardon

LONGWOOD, Fla. — Chaturbate, one of the leading cam sites on the web, has scored four victories against domain squatters in recent weeks. 

In three separate cases, arbitrators ordered the sites transferred to the parent company of Chaturbate, which started using its trademarked name in June 2011. 

The domain names ordered transferred were ChaturbateClips.net and Chaturbate-Token-Generator.us, which both were found to be cybersquatting, as well as Chatrubate.com and Chatubate.com, which were found to be typosquatting.

Each of the sites ordered transferred were found to be diverting traffic for commercial gain. And in the case of Chaturbate-Token-Generator.us, its operator allegedly offered counterfeit tokens for use on Chaturbate.com.

In the decisions, arbitrators ruled the squatting domain names were confusingly similar to Chaturbate’s trademark, that the domain holders did not have any rights to the domains, and that the domain names were registered in bad faith.  

Respondents in the cases were Sven Torvik of Harstad, Norway, who registered ChaturbateClips.net; Vlad Lupu, who registered Chaturbate-Token-Generator.us; and Suren Kopian of Yerevan, Armenia, who registered both Chatrubate.com and Chatubate.com.

Industry attorney Lawrence Walters of Walters Law Group represented Chaturbate.com’s parent company in the cases.  

Walters told XBIZ: “We were pleased with the recent decisions and Chaturbate.com intends to continue aggressively enforcing its trademark rights against infringers around the world.”  

“Trademark holders should routinely monitor the marketplace for potential infringements to avoid any dilution of their rights based on claims of waiver or implied license.”