UDRP: Fight for MrBallen.com

Started by Domaining News, Mar 08, 2023, 02:05 AM

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Mr. Ballen, the creator of the popular YouTube channel with 7 million subscribers, has recently faced a domain name dispute.

Despite registering the MRBALLEN trademark in 2022, someone else registered the domain name MrBallen.com in 2020. It is believed that this was done due to the founder's fame on social media. As a result, an arbitration case was filed at the WIPO, and the sole panelist ordered the transfer of the domain MrBallen.com to the complainant.


Jonathan Bartlett Allen v. Konstant Yu Case No. D2022-4809

The Parties

Complainant: Jonathan Bartlett Allen from the United States, represented by Blake Legal Advisors.

Respondent: Konstant Yu from the United States.

The Domain Name and Registrar

The disputed domain name mrballen.com is registered with Google LLC.

Procedural History

The Complaint was filed with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center on December 14, 2022. The Center requested registrar verification from the Registrar on December 16, 2022. The Registrar responded with different registrant and contact information for the disputed domain name. Complainant was informed of this and submitted an amended Complaint. The Center verified that the Complaint and amended Complaint met the formal requirements of the UDRP.

After formally notifying the Respondent, the proceedings commenced on January 10, 2023. The due date for Response was January 30, 2023, but no response was received. The Center informed the Parties of Respondent's default on January 31, 2023.

The Panel, Ingrīda Kariņa-Bērziņa, was properly constituted and has declared impartiality and independence.

Factual Background

Complainant operates the YouTube channel @MrBallen, where he shares storytelling videos. He is also the owner of the MRBALLEN trademark registered in 2022. The disputed domain name was registered in 2020 but does not currently have an active website. It previously redirected users to Complainant's YouTube channel.

It is important for content creators to protect their online presence, including trademarks and domain names associated with their brand. In this case, Mr. Ballen took legal action to secure the domain name that aligns with his popular YouTube channel.