Canva triumphs in cybersquatting case, secures 174 domain names

Canva wins case that it says involved a single cybersquatter.

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Design tools company Canva has won (pdf) a single cybersquatting case against 174 domain names.

The company filed the dispute with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in July 2023.

The registrars for the domains subsequently provided the registrant names, and the domains each had different owners. But Canva argued that the domains all had common control based on their IP addresses, design, and the fact that many of the supposedly different registrants reached out after receiving the cybersquatting complaint and used similar language in their responses. The panel agreed that the case could proceed as if the domains were all owned by one party.

WIPO published the decision in favor of Canva in the past day, and it’s dated February 27.

By using the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy to win the return of the domains, Canva likely used the most cost effective mechanism. WIPO charges $1,500 for a case against 1 to 5 domains, and $2,000 for a case against 6 to 10 domains. For any domains above that number, WIPO negotiates with the Complainant.

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