All too often, website owners are lax in nailing down ownership and control of valuable domain names, and as a result, are often required to litigate these issues costing them thousands. The case of Dawson v. Brandsberg illustrates these costly mistakes and how to avoid them.
Dawson v. Brandsberg – The Facts
The dispute was between a website operator and developer regarding rights to a domain name that consist of the operator's name: "robertedawson.com". Plaintiff Dawson and his real estate firm (the website operator) hired Defenders Brandsberg (the website developer) to develop a website. A key fact is that there was no written agreement concerning possession or use of the domain name.
Other important facts include:
* Plaintiffs requested Defendant to register the domain name at issue;
* Defendant developed the website associated with the domain name; and
* Plaintiffs paid for the initial registration of the domain name, plus … Read More