Rogers Cadenhead Wins Battle for Wargames.Com

Posted on February 7, 2007

Rogers Cadenhead blogs that he won a battle vs. MGM to keep his domain Cadenhead runs as an online store for military simulation gaming enthusiasts. MGM had tried to take the domain from Cadenhead because they owns a trademark related to the 1983 film WarGames and the upcoming sequel WarGames 2: The Dead Code. Cadenhead says he had to learn a lot about Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) to hang on to his domain.

When first contacted by MGM in September, I was certain that I would win a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) case if my ownership of the domain was challenged. I didn't know much about the UDRP, having never been involved in one of these disputes in a decade of web publishing, but I understood that it existed to stop people from grabbing domains to profit on somebody else's trademark. I got Wargames.Com to sell wargames.

The more I learned about the UDRP, the less confidence I had in winning. Most disputes end in victories for trademark holders and there's a huge number of ways that domain owners have been judged to have acted in bad faith.

Where domain owners are concerned, the UDRP's a strange game where the only winning move is not to play.

Rogers Cadenhead says he now plans to write a book about his ordeal and UDRP. He should write the book -- its quite the strategic battle he had to wage against MGM. also looks like a great website for those into military pc and video games.

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