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.


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