Is Speculative Registration Prohibited by the UDRP?

At least one panelist thinks so. In The American Automobile Association, Inc. v. QTK Internet c/o James M. van Johns FA1261364 (Nat. Arb. Forum, July 25, 2009), dissenting panelist Houston Putnam Lowry wrote:

Respondent’s business model is to take generic words and/or letter combinations and to register them as domain names. Once someone wants to acquire the domain name, Respondent will sell it (presumably at a profit, otherwise Respondent could not stay in business). This Panel believes such practices were intended to be prohibited by the policy, even though this case is a close call.

Lowry was the odd-man-out in this decision. Nevertheless, he may have a point.

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