DC Comics has won a dispute over the domain name manofsteel.com, it has been reported.
The legendary comics company has been determined to retrieve the manofsteel.com name in order to capitalize on the planned 2012 film release of the same name.
Fusible.com reports that on July 19 a single-member panel of the National Arbitration Forum ruled that the domain name should be transferred from its current owner to DC Comics.
DC had filed a domain dispute against Coni c/o LBR Enterprises in late June, the website said.
The panelist, James Carmody, agreed that manofsteel.com is identical to DC Comics’ already existing trademarks, Man of Steel and The Man of Steel, registered in 1999 and 1987 respectively.
Carmody found that because the domain name went to a website that displayed links and advertisements that “the respondent’s use of the domain name was neither a bona fide offering of goods or services, nor a legitimate non-commercial or fair use,” Fusible reported.
Coni c/o LBR Enterprises failed to submit a response in the case.
Man of Steel is set to be released in December 2012.