Most online business owners are familiar with the concept of another (non-authorized) person taking a domain name that is similar to or the same as their business name (or trademark) with the intent of selling it to them or the highest bidder. This practice is called cybersquatting. It happens all the time. Fact: Over 400 [...]
It should have been a good morning for former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina. The 60 year-old Republican appeared on Good Morning America and announced her candidacy for President of the of the United States in 2016. Her goal? To use her tech-savvy, business-first vision for America to take on Hillary Clinton. Her domain name: CarlyforPresident.com
Last week was a big one for domain news. From AdWeek to The Guardian it seemed like everyone had an opinion on the .Sucks domain and its possible effect on brands and businesses. We were thinking about it too -- will the domain stay true to its mission to become a place where customers can vent? Time will tell.
One of the interesting points noted by the Federal Court in the .DELMONTE decision was that registry endings or names like .com, .net, .org, .edu... are not considered part of the "domain name" for the purposes of analyzing cybersquatting cases:
The U.S. Dist. Court in Central California issued a recent decision regarding whether a New gTLD is a "domain" for the purposes of analyzing the Anti-Cybersquatting Protection Act (ACPA) - a case of first impression. The case pitted Del Monte International, against it's subsidiary Del Monte Corp., who have been arguing over whether the subsidiary can own and run the New gTLD .DELMONTE. The application for .DELMONTE was made through ICANN, was objected to by the parent company Del Monte International and eventually found its way to Federal Court after an arbitration panel decided that the objection was meritorious.
This morning, ZDNet's Larry Seltzer wrote about Web.com's Register.com opting top companies (and some very small companies) into an $1850 program to lock down their domain names so they can't be transferred or changed. We think this is a useful, though expensive idea. But we have a better one. Domain insurance and brand protection with DomainSkate.
New gTLD Providers Won’t Have To Worry About Secondary Liability For Cybersquatting – 9th Circuit Affirms No Claim For Contributory Cybersquatting Under Statute
The 9th Circuit yesterday affirmed a district court ruling which held that there is no cause of action for contributory infringement under the Anti-Cybersquatting Protection Act (ACPA) to domain registrars, ISP's or other third parties.