Don’t be a Cybersquatter
Yahoo! And AT&T went to court to dispute the use of their trademark names within the domain names of various web sites. U.S. arbitrator David W. Plant stated that, "the only reason DomainCollection registered campyahoo.com was to trade in bad faith on the good will of Yahoo!'s widely known and highly respected mark.”
AT&T won a similar case against WorldclassMedia.com which was using the letters ATT in its two sites, attmexico.com and att-latinamerica.com. Arbitrator Phillip N. Argy said that those letters “are a fundamental feature of the complainant's marks."
Microsoft also got on the bandwagon and ordered several variations of its product names transferred over that had been currently registered to Global Net 2000, Inc., a company whose address was in the Iranian capital of Tehran.
The process to cease cybersquatting was put into place last year in the hopes that controls can be developed to keep registration of an address using a famous trademark in check.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.