Celebrity Charitable Organization Enforces Its Rights Against Cyber-Squatter
Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, a charitable organization that raises proceeds for various charities by auctioning clothing worn by celebrities, convinces the registrant of a confusingly similar Internet domain name to cancel its unauthorized registration.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 17, 2006 -- Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, a charitable organization that donates funds to various charities by auctioning clothing worn by celebrities, successfully convinced Juco Holdings, LLC to cancel its unauthorized registration of the confusingly similar Internet domain name which added an “s” to Clothes Off Our Back’s official domain name.
Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is the owner of two federally registered trademarks for Clothes Off Our Back® and is the owner of numerous domain names that incorporate its trademark. Clothes Off Our Back® conducts auctions that include celebrity clothing through its official Websites, www.clothesoffourback.org and www.clothesoffourback.com, and was enraged to discover an unauthorized use of its trademark in a confusingly similar domain name registration.
Commenting on the decision to cancel the unauthorized registration, Michel Schneider of Clothes Off Our Back Foundation said, “We are concerned about the misuse of our trademark and the erosion of the goodwill and reputation that we have worked so hard to establish. We do not want our donors and potential donors to be diverted to unauthorized Websites, whereby our worthy charities would be victimized from the loss of essential donations.”
“The ‘typo-squatter’ tactics threatened to cause confusion in the minds of consumers by providing a parked domain that advertised links to non-charitable celebrity and clothing sites,” said Milord A. Keshishian, the attorney for the Foundation. “We are pleased by the registrant’s wise decision to observe the trademark and the anti-cybersquatting laws and to voluntarily cancel its unauthorized domain name registration without the need for the court’s intervention.”
“We will protect the goodwill and reputation of our foundation to ensure the confidence of our donors. We are happy to have this dispute behind us, allowing us to concentrate on collecting proceeds for our worthy charities,” Schneider added.
About Clothes Off Our Back, Inc.
The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today's hottest celebrity attire. Through its website, items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children's charities. Clothes Off Our Back® was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm In The Middle") and Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends have helped improve the lives of children across the globe. Additional information can be found at Clothes Off Our Back