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April 28, 2008 Post

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I have to join the chorus of boos aimed at a UDRP panel's outrageous decision to take a generic two-letter domain, LH.com, away from its rightful owner, Future Media Architects

and hand it over to Lufthansa Airlines because...well because Lufthansa is a big corporation I guess. There is no logic behind this decision - just further evidence of extreme bias against domain owners in the UDRP process (85% of decisions go against domain owners). 

FMA is known for both developing domains and not selling domains they own. They refused to sell to Lufthansa so the airline decided to try a reverse hijacking instead and, at least at the UDRP level,  they succeeded by a 2-1 panel vote. To his credit, one panelist, David Sorkin, showed some common  sense and tried to do the right thing. The good news is Lufthansa hasn't gotten away with this theft yet. FMA 

has filed suit against them in a New York federal court and if there is any justice in this world, they will win the suit and keep the domain. It's just a shame they have to spend a massive amount of money to keep what is rightfully theirs but that is the world we live in. 
(Posted April 28, 2008)


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