What Is Cybersquatting?

traverselegal - December 27, 2011 - Cybersquatting Basics, Cybersquatting Law

Cybersquatting. It’s implications and Defenition

Commonly known as domain squatting, the definition of cybersquatting is different under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) and the Uniform Domain Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Essentially, it is the registration, use or attempts to sell a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to another. In many cases, the cybersquatter offers to sell the domain to the trademark holder at an inflated price.

Another form of cybersquatting is typosquatting.

Typosquatting relies on typographical errors made by Internet users when inputting a web address into the web browser, such as intentionally swapping an “o” for a “p” in the domain name. Other common typosquatting practices include using the plural of the domain, a common misspelling or a different top level domain such as .org or .net.

If you would like to know more about cybersquatting and typosquatting, contact one of our internet lawyers today.

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