A newspaper launched by activists from Occupy Chicago and journalists loosely associated with the Occupy movement in Chicago face the possibility of losing the website for their newspaper. The Tribune Company has submitted a complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to force the transfer of ownership of two domains from those involved in the newspaper to the Tribune.
Journalists involved in the newspaper, which is called the Occupied Chicago Tribune, found out the Tribune was going before the Geneva-based WIPO to have the domain transferred last week when they received a solicitation email from a New York law firm. It said the Tribune had filed for a “Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceeding” on May 24 because the Tribune believes the Occupy newspaper is using the domain—OccupiedChicagoTribune.org—in “bad faith.” It also said that the name of the newspaper is “confusingly similar” to the Tribune’s newspaper, the Chicago Tribune.
By Thursday, the Occupied Chicago Tribune must submit a response to the Tribune’s complaint. A single-member administrative panel will then do a review and decide in favor of one of the parties. If the Occupied Chicago Tribune loses, an appeal can be filed. An appellate panel will hear the case. If they lose at this level, there is a possibility the case would end up in a court in the jurisdiction of the party that is the subject of the complaint.