Internetrecht

Deutsche Telekom ist nun Inhaberin der Domain tmobilesucks.ws

In einem UDRP-Verfahren vor dem WIPO Schiedsgericht ist der Deutschen Telekom die Domain tmobilesucks.ws zugesprochen worden (Fall Nr.: DWS2006-0001 Deutsche Telekom AG v. AdImagination). Der Telekommunikationskonzern konnte seine Markenrechte an dem Kennzeichen T-Mobile nachweisen. Trotz des Kennzeichenzusatzes „sucks“ am Ende der Domain, sei eine Verwechselungsgefahr gegeben, entschied das Gericht:

[…] The only substantial difference between the Complainant’s trademark T-MOBILE and the disputed domain name is the addition of the word “sucks” after the word “tmobile”. It is therefore important to consider whether the addition of such a term is sufficient to dissociate the disputed domain name from the Complainant’s trademark. The Panel has reviewed various WIPO cases in this matter and is aware that there are two different views thereon. The established majority view is that a domain name consisting of a trademark and a negative term is confusingly similar to the Complainant’s mark. The minority view is that a domain name consisting of a trademark and a negative term is not confusingly similar because internet users are not likely to associate the trademark with a domain name consisting of the trademark and a negative term (paragraph 1.3, WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions). Certain decisions in applying the minority view have considered adding the word “sucks” sufficient to indicate that a site is used for criticism, while others have applied the majority view. The Panel refers to one WIPO Case in which the Panel reasoned that “not all internet users are English speakers or familiar with the use of “sucks” to indicate a site used for denigration or criticisms” (See The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, National Westminster Bank plc A/K/A NetWest Bank v. Personal and Pedro Lopez, WIPO Case No. D2003-0166). The Panel agrees with the aforementioned decision and others which have concluded that confusing similarity exists in such instances. In another case, the Panel had reached a conclusion that the internet user might think the owner of the trademark has itself created a web-site to receive complaints from customers and added the word “sucks” to highlight the purpose of the web-site (See Koninkljike Philips Electronics N.V. v. In Seo Kim, WIPO Case No. D2001-1195). […]

Christian Solmecke ist Partner der Kanzlei WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE und inbesondere in den Bereichen des IT-, des Medien- und des Internetrechts tätig. Darüber hinaus ist er Autor zahlreicher juristischer Fachveröffentlichungen in diesen Bereichen.

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