Harvard Lampoon Fails in UDRP v LAMPOON.COM

Harvard Lampoon (which spawned such luminaries as John Updike, George Plimpton, Conan O’Brien and Michael Gordon), has incontestable registrations for LAMPOON, one with a first use date of 1876. However, its registrations were all obtained after registrant’s creation date of LAMPOON.COM of 1998. Also, the Harvard Lampoon shares the register with the NATIONAL LAMPOON, also LAMPOON is a dictionary word, also this seems to be the first assertion of rights since 1998, so the UDRP was denied on failure to prove bad faith with some laches thrown in.

Perhaps the UDRP was brought ironically.

2 responses to “Harvard Lampoon Fails in UDRP v LAMPOON.COM”

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Harvard Lampoon Loses Domain Complain
    The Harvard Lampoon, a semi-secret Sorrento Square social organization that used to occasionally publish a so-called humor magazine, was denied rights to “lampoon.com” after accusing the owner of that domain name of piggybacking off of its brand.

    The Lampoon tried to argue that Reflex Publishing, a Florida-based company that owns “lampoon.com” and has a host of common words registered as domain names, had “no rights or legitimate interests in the Domain Name,” according to a domain arbitration panel filing.

    The Lampoon’s complaint against Reflex Publishing was denied late last month, however, after failing to prove that Reflex Publishing’s use of the domain name was done with malicious intent.