MS Dhoni and his management group Rhiti Sports Management Private Limited have won a case for ownership of the ‘www.msdhoni.com” domain after the arbitration body ruled in their favor. The site registered in the Indian skipper's name was allegedly used by persons who had no legitimate rights to it.
The domain name “www.msdhoni.com” was originally registered with Wild West Domains, LL, more than a decade ago, while a certain David Hanley of USA has been the registrant since
After the existence of the domain came to the notice of Dhoni, Scriboard, who represented Dhoni and Rhiti Sports, lodged a complaint with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center on August 19,
Scriboard, in the complaint file, contended that “the Disputed Domain Name is identical to the MS DHONI trademark and the Respondent does not have any rights or legitimate interests in the Disputed Domain Name”.
They also stated in the complaint that “the Respondent uses the Disputed Domain Name in bad faith as the website to which the Disputed Domain Name resolved made use of the Complainants’ MS DHONI trademark in order to raise advertising revenue through the use of sponsored or “click through” links”.
After Scriboard filed the complaint, the respondent didn’t give any formal response, following which the panel found out that the respondent had no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name.
The panel also concluded that the registration and use of the domain
Finally, the panel ordered the disputed domain name – msdhoni.com – be transferred to the complainants.
Note: The original summary had noted that Scriboard had won the case after a long legal