A Wikipedia page titled “Nissan Motors v. Nissan Computer” lays out the barest bones of a industrial spat between late North Carolina resident Uzi Nissan and Nissan Motors. Nissan the person began incorporating businesses using his last name around 1980, when Nissan the automobile company was still known almost exclusively as Datsun. In 1994, almost as soon as registrars cropped as much as sell domains to the general public, Mr. Nissan registered Nissan.com and Nissan.net. In 1999, the automobile company decided it wanted the domain and fought Mr. Nissan for it. The courts decided the case in Uzi’s favor in 2004, but one could say the battle continues to at the present time: Uzi continued to publicize the court case, and the Nissan Motors site stays parked at NissanUSA.com as a substitute of just Nissan. The battle has a brand new front, too, although Uzi Nissan died in 2020 of Covid complications. The Drive reports that in a civil motion filed in Virginia on October 17, his estate claims “a thief gained unauthorized access to Mr. Nissan’s domain name management accounts and stole the domains.”
The estate doesn’t know the thief’s identity, referring to the person or entity within the court filing as John Doe. Mr. Nissan maintained the domain with a registrar called GKG since purchase, and the filing alleges John Doe used fraudulent documents to get GKG to transfer ownership. A WhoIs search shows the transfer occurred on October 10, the term of ownership not to run out until 2029. The paperwork states “GKG.NET didn’t deny, dispute, or query that the Defendant Domain Names were transferred without authorization, but GKG.NET has been unwilling to secure the return of the domains to Plaintiff’s control.” In some way, the thief prevented GKG from sending a ‘change of domain status’ e-mail that each registrar is obligated to send, intended to stop just this type of fraud, so the estate didn’t develop into aware of the transfer until it went through its own records. On top of that, the estate claims whoever owns the domains has already tried to sell them.
The Nissan estate wants its site names back and to have them transferred to GoDaddy, plus an award for court costs, “reasonable attorney’s fees,” and “such other and further relief because the Court may deem just and proper.” Within the meantime, Nissan.com and Nissan.net are down, which could be more annoying to the automobile company than the confusion with Uzi’s enterprises, seeing that Uzi’s sites at the least pointed accidental visitors to the automobile company.
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