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Pinterest Takes On Two Domain Fights: Pinterest.info & Amazon’s .pin Request
Domain Name Wire is reporting that Pinterest has gotten involved in two separate domain-related fights: one over an existing domain registration and another over Amazon’s plans to create a new generic top-level domain (gTLD).
Firstly, Pinterest has formally objected to Amazon’s request to own a new .pin domain. That’s one of 75 new domains that Amazon applied for in ICANN’s ongoing expansion of the top-level domain space. Barnes & Noble and a couple authors’ groups have also objected to some of Amazon’s other domain applications.
Secondly, Domain Name Wire also reports that Pinterest has filed a domain name dispute against the owners of Pinterest.info under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP). The domain’s WHOIS record lists Abbi Waxman of Los Angeles as the owner, and says the domain was registered on May 18, 2011.
As Domain Name Wire points out, this may be the first of several Pinterest domain dispute filings; the company doesn’t own pinterest.net, pinterest.org and other domains that it likely views as highly valuable.
The filing doesn’t automatically guarantee that Pinterest will get the .info domain; there are several requirements that must be met before WIPO (World Intellectual Property Association) determines the fate of Pinterest’s challenge.