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July, 2009

  • 13 July

    Radioshack wins dispute for two domains

    In a recent cybersquatting case, a company in the UK Virgin Islands named Transure Enterprise Ltd registered two domains: radioshackl.com and radioshackultimate.com. I am sure you can already see where this is going. TRS Quality Inc, a subsidiary of Radioshack, filed a complaint in early May arguing that the domains …

  • 9 July

    LEGO wins domain name dispute

    The lesson here is: never mess with people who can build anything they want out of tiny little colored blocks. The respondent, Giocchino Zerbo of Italy now knows that all too well. He registered two domain names: legogames.com and wwwlegos.com. Surely he knew this would cause him trouble, but maybe …

  • 9 July

    .CM domains soon to be available for registration

    For years Cameroon’s government leased out the .cm domain to Agoga.com. Because .cm is a common typo of .com, the company set up a system where if you entered any address ending with .cm, it took you to a webpage filled with ads. Agoga made millions from this deal, profiting …

  • 7 July

    Queensland Government owns queensland-the-dumb-state.com

    In an apparent effort to preempt cybersquatters, the Australian state of Queensland has registered 38 domain names containing various government references. Among the stranger ones is queensland-the-dumb-state.com. Other domains include government programs like the state’s 150th anniversary celebration and the Liberal National Party. This raises some interesting questions. On some …

  • 6 July

    Cybersquatters grow while trademark owners prepare for battle

    At one time the cybersquatting perpetrators were fringe geeky hackers locked in their mothers’ basements Now, entire organizations are forming with the sole goal of sitting on expensive domains and hoping to cash out on them. But like the spammers who have been reduced to sending nonsensical series of letters …

  • 6 July

    What Sarah Palin and Twitter can teach us about domain names

    I read an interesting piece today about Sarah Palin’s use of social media and her problems with cybersquatting. She not only failed to obtain her name on Twitter, but will need to find a new handle now that she is no longer Governor of Alaska. Thinking only in the short …

  • 1 July

    Real estate agent sued for cybersquatting

    American real estate company RE/MAX is suing Cristine Rosa Lefkowit, a realtor specializing in luxury sales, for cybersquatting and trademark infringement. It claims that she registered more than 50 domains in bad faith, including remaxbrazil.com and remaxfrance.com. Lefkowitz said she registered the domains many years ago with the hope of …

June, 2009

  • 19 June

    Susan Boyle Cybersquatting Fiasco

    With her performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle became an overnight sensation. Days after her TV debut, just about every possible domain containing the term “susanboyle” was registered. Despite her fame, Susan Boyle still doesn’t have her own website. In fact, the show’s production …

  • 15 June

    Facebook Cybersquatting Concerns Prove Valid

    It’s only been three days since Facebook launched its new vanity URL system, an event that many intellectual property experts claimed would result in a flurry of cybersquatting. Well, they were right. Since the service’s launch three days ago, hundreds of celebrities, companies, and even royalty have had vanity URLs …

  • 12 June

    Trademark Holders Concerned About Facebook Vanity URLs

    Later today, Facebook will begin allowing users to register their own vanity URLS, such as http://www.facebook.com/danielfoster. While many users are eagerly awaiting this opportunity, trademark holders are concerned this might be an opportunity for cybersquatting to occur. Trademark lawyers are urging their clients to get on Facebook as soon as …