Oogle.com was registered on Feb. 7 1999 by Christopher Neuman, who was 13 years old at the time, and has remained in his ownership until now, Neuman told the arbitration forum. He chose to register Oogle.com because he had become acquainted with another young software programmer named Justin Tunney, who used the online moniker “Oogle” or “Criminal Oogle,” according to the ruling. When Neuman noticed that Tunney had registered Oogle.net, but did not own Oogle.com, he proceeded to register the domain because he intended to collaborate on a website with Tunney, Neuman said.
The Oogle.com domain was used as a shopping site between 2000 and 2002 and was used as a programming-related website in 2002 and 2003, according to Neuman.
Google stated that Oogle.com offered sexual services and displayed pornographic and profane content. This was not denied by Neuman, who said the domain was temporarily used in connection with “adult matchmaking services,” adding that he reckoned that was lawful and permissible practice.
He also stated, according to the ruling, that in 2010 there were indeed a few weeks where Oogle.com displayed a logo that resembled Google’s, with a tag line saying: “Due to the economy the G has been laid off.”
“At the time we thought it was a funny and innocent usage, however upon reflection, I had it taken down after only a matter of weeks,” Neuman said.
Google said it was offered the domain name for $600,000. Neuman told the arbitration forum that “there is nothing inherently wrongful in offering to sell a domain name for in excess of out of pocket expenses, when the domain name was registered in good faith to begin with.”