Darley Newman loses domain name spat with ex-husband

Travel show host says her ex-husband should hand over domain names.

Travels with Darley, photo from Amazon.

Darley Newman, who hosts the PBS and Amazon Prime series Travels with Darley, has lost a cybersquatting dispute she filed against her ex-husband, Chip Ward.

Newman filed the dispute over five domain names: darleynewman.com, darleynewman.org, equitrekking.com, equitrekking.org, and travelswithdarley.com. (Equitrekking was a previous show.)

The Complainant stated that the domains should be transferred to her on the basis of a divorce agreement. Ward disagreed.

World Intellectual Property Panelist Scott Blackmer denied the claim because Newman didn’t show that Ward registered the domains in bad faith. One of the elements of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is that the domains were registered and use in bad faith.

As is common in disputes like this one, the domains were originally registered in good faith, even if the Complainant now argues that they are being held or used in bad faith.

In other words, UDRP is not the appropriate venue to get these domain names. The courts are.

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