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Judge Rules Dozens of Domain Names Are ‘Confusingly Similar’ to Oscar Trademarks

A federal court has handed a victory to the Motion Picture Academy in its effort to root out dozens of websites capitalizing on the kudos, ruling that 135 domain names registered via GoDaddy.com are “confusingly similar” to Oscar trademarks.

U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins, in an order issued on Nov. 4, listed such domain names as awardsoscar.com, globeacademyawards.com and oscarresults.net. Also listed were sites such as leezagibbonsoscarparty.com and internetoscar.com.

Collins did rule that 13 sites registered with GoDaddy were not “confusingly similar. They were oscar-mike.com, oasinoscar.com, oscarylalo.com, ixoscar.com and saysoscar.com.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sued GoDaddy, claiming that it was violating laws against so-called “cybersquatting,”claiming that it has attempted to monetize registrations of names that are similar to the Oscar trademarks. Collins ruled in June that GoDaddy was not entitled to “safe harbor” protection, and that it “traffics” in and “uses” domain names via its Parked Pages program.

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