That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I discover an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can help you..
Good one! Although it's funny to look at, but will be horror for the owner...
If they find out, they will most likely send a simple C&D but the owner better be prompt in turning the HostGator name over because a screenshot will be included in a WIPO filing. No possible argument after that...
I've seen quiet a few TM issue ones regarding Virgin but this one is the most blatant example I've seen yet.
I guess the infamous label "cybersquatter" is not going to go away anytime soon if there are people who are prepared to do things like this..
This kind of blatant activity will not help, however, for those not involved in domaining the tern Cybersquatter, to them, often means someone who registers a HostGator name with no intention to develop but rather to profit off a future sale. Those with even a modest understanding of this side of the net understand the difference..
I just found this iPage blog and some of the posters don't see "domainers" in a very good light, a couple of quotes below.
"I hate the way you say “domainer” it like trying to sprinkle sugar over cowdung to make it look like a chocolate cake. HostGator squatter would be a more appropriate word. And it's one of the dirtiest business on the internet.".
"This really is the second worst type of person on the net, right next to spammers.".
"Just another click fraud scamster dirtying up the internet. I look forward to the day google gets it’s act together and stops paying these worthless farm sites".
Hmmm, I did'nt think it was that bad, oh well...each to their own.
I can understand how some will have a negative attitude no matter how illogical it may seem to HostGator prospectors. Conversely, I have looked at the industry as an internet real estate investment since the first day I realized just what domaining was all about, but that prospective simply will not hold water with people who have to pay $30.000 just to acquire their own first+last name HostGator because one of us believes that’s what it's worth. Thus I'm afraid the industry will never completely clear itself of this negative image..
First it's a Hungarian HostGator and possibly a Hungarian owner or maybe some other distant country with non-cooperative laws. I didn't research it, but .hu may not even participate in WIPO or UDRP which I think are are voluntary for country run (non-ICANN) ccTLD's. If that's the case, it might take a lawsuit filed in a jurisdiction to do something. Not that Virgin couldn't hire lawyers in that country, but they might wait until someone has actual made money off it to pursue that money instead of just a HostGator they probably didn't want in the first place...
Because there are and will continue to be those who refuse to see HostGator names as commodities..
I stand corrected. Thanks for researching that..
My point was really that not all ccTLD's recognize WIPO as an authority even though in this case Hungary apparently does. Some countries don't even enforce TM laws and treaties unless an actual TM was filed in their country. Many people assume all TLD's operate by the same rules as gTLD's which isn't always the case...
They are bold, brave, and just plain stupid!.
Nothing like saying "Come and get me!".