201810.02

Are You Famous? The .FAN gTLD is Available, and This is an Opportunity to Take Stock of the Situation!

The sunrise period for registration of .FAN domain names is open from October 2, 2018 to December 1, 2018.
Since DNS is public, fans use domain names with the names of their idols, artists or sports people. These domain names are very often subject to UDRP (or other DRP) procedures.
Celebrities are generally advised to grant exclusive trademark and domain name licenses to so-called “official” fan clubs who are committed to a charter. However, it should be emphasized that this framework does not necessarily prevent the existence or appearance of other sites, as far as freedom of expression is concerned. Nevertheless, any fan wishing to use a domain name with the name of his/her idol must respect a legal framework.
In any case, the management of trademark and domain name portfolios must be conducted skillfully. The arrival of the .FAN gTLD is an opportunity for celebrities wishing to keep control on their image, to conduct an audit on domain names and the use of their brands online.  The IP Twins team can accompany you in this step. Do not hesitate to contact us.

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IP Twins is an ICANN-accredited registrar with 15 years of experience in domain name strategy and management. We also offer anti-counterfeiting monitoring services. Our Detective monitoring software identifies counterfeits online. We collect evidence and remove counterfeits from over a hundred marketplaces platforms, social networks. Should you need to complete these investigations, our team based in China can help. Click here to contact us!