Apr 14, 2021 - by Elisa Cooper

Supporting Brands with GoDaddy's VIP (Verified IP) Program

Late last year, GoDaddy announced the launch of the GoDaddy VIP (Verified IP) Program. The VIP Program provides pre-vetted, well-known and famous brands an escalation path to address abuse. It covers fraudulent use of domain names, and infringing websites hosted with GoDaddy, among other forms of abuse. Participants are provided with a custom email address where more challenging and sensitive requests for assistance may be submitted. More than 250 companies are currently enrolled in the program.

This program is currently by invitation-only, but companies may request an invitation to participate. In some instances, companies may be asked to provide proof of their status as a well-known or famous trademark, which can be accomplished by providing details such as volume of sales, advertising spend and duration of the mark.

In addition to the VIP Program, GoDaddy also offers numerous well-established dispute resolution mechanisms to help address a wide range of concerns:

  • IP complaint against hosted content (https://infringementform.com)

  • Trademark

  • Copyright

  • Abuse (https://abuseform.com)

    • Inappropriate content
    • Malware
    • Phishing
    • Scam
  • Domains by Proxy privacy services claim (where applicable) (Link)

  • Request for non-public registrant information (Link)

  • Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) or court dispute (subject to our Subpoena Policy)

  • Legal policies (Link)

For more information about GoDaddy’s dispute policies or to request an invitation to participate in the VIP Program, please contact us at https://gcd.com/contact-us/.

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Elisa Cooper

Bringing with her 20 years of marketing experience, Elisa Cooper joined the company in 2017 to lead the organization’s marketing strategy and execution. A domain name industry veteran, Elisa has worked closely with many Fortune 1000 companies in assisting with domain and brand protection policy development and has spoken and written extensively on these topics.

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