Protecting Your Domain Name

July 2003
by Claude D. Rich

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The popularity of the Internet has let both brick-and-mortar businesses and Web-based businesses reach more customers with little additional effort. However, at the outset, it was difficult to predict the impact the Internet would have. One result was a flood of domain name registrations by persons seeking to profit from names containing famous trademarks.

This new form of piracy quickly became known as “cybersquatting,” with a cybersquatter being a “person” (defined to include businesses as well as individuals) who registers a domain name, and who is not the rightful owner of this name, with the specific intent to profit from that name by selling it to a third party.

You should, of course, consult an attorney if you have legal questions that relate to domain names or domain name dispute issues; this article is not legal advice. The good news, though, is that you can take steps to keep your domain name safe in your own hands.

Saying STOP to Squatters

Cybersquatting became such a widespread problem that a federal law was passed to address it in 1999. Called the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, it is commonly referred to as the ACCPA, and it provides for a
federal cause of action against persons who register domain names for profit.
But litigation is expensive, so it’s also important to note that in October 1998, a new organization was formed thatprovides trademark owners with…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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