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Pinterest Wins Complaint Against ‘Serial Cybersquatter’ Pinterest Wins Complaint Against ‘Serial Cybersquatter’
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Pinterest has won an injunction against a known cybersquatter who will be forced to give up the rights to over 100 domains that utilize pinterest.com typos to direct users away from Pinterest.com, and to his own locations filled with ads …

XXX Porn Site On The Way For PETA? XXX Porn Site On The Way For PETA?
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In the upcoming months, you’re going to start seeing a much greater variety of domains names appear on your url bar. This year, Internet domain name overlords ICANN have made two important votes – first, they decided to lift almost …

Court Orders Cybersquatting Company To Pay Verizon $33 Million
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A federal court in the Northern District of California has upheld a December 2008 judgment which awarded Verizon $33.15 million in a cybersquatting case against OnlineNIC, an Internet domain registration company.

The case is based on OnlineNIC’s attempts to take advantage of Verizon and its customers by using names that are easily confused with legitimate Verizon names.

Cybersquatting Goes Social
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Cybersquatting is not a new problem on the web. People have been squatting on domains for years. The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act defines cybersquatting as registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price. And it’s on the rise…

WIPO: Cybersquatters Set Record Pace In 2008
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Cybersquatters stayed busy last year, according to a new report from the World Intellectual Property Organization.  Indeed, they set a record, and it looks like they’re on track to do so again in 2009.

Online Brand Abuse Continues To Grow
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Online brand abuse of many of the world’s most popular brands increased in 2008, according to a new report from MarkMonitor.

The report found that 80 percent of abusive sites flagged in 2007 were still active today

Cybersquatting continued to rank as brandjackers tool of choice for exploiting reputable brands, growing by 18 percent in 2008. In addition, phishers expanded their targets in 2008, with 444 organizations phished for the first time.

Cybersquatting Increasing
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Complaints of "cybersquatting" where a person sets up a site using a trademarked name and profits by selling the name to the owner reached a record level last year according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Microsoft’s Cybersquatter Shootout

Microsoft swaggered out of Redmond today with steely eyes and leathery skin, heeled with a pair of six shooters aimed at cybersquatters – four of them Microsoft knows by name, and 217 of them it doesn’t. In the saddlebag, software for anybody else with the guts to chase these dogs down.