A leading gaming publisher has emerged triumphant following a domain name dispute.
Activision – the creator of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series – took exception to the registration of modernwarfare3.com by an unrelated third party.
Florida resident Anthony Abraham acquired the domain name in March 2009, but two and a half years later, he has been instructed to hand the web address over to Activision.
The company had filed a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy complaint with the National Arbitration Forum over Mr. Abraham’s use of the web address.
In a clear case of cybersquatting, he had been using modernwarfare3.com to direct internet users towards a rival shooter title – Battlefield 3.
This upcoming release, to be published by Electronic Arts, will provide competition to Activision’s latest Modern Warfare instalment.
Last week, a UK man was accused of cybersquatting, after registering the domain name veoliaskips.co.uk and attempting to sell it on to Veolia Environment UK Ltd.