Archive for the ‘Cybersquatting’ Category


Consumer Opinion and New TLDs: An Infographic on the ICANN Survey

Posted June 9th, 2015

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also know as ICANN, recently released results from the Global Consumer Research Study, Phase One survey that was conducted through Nielsen (see infographic below.) This survey, the first of its kind, was conducted in February and was intended to gauge consumer attitude, awareness and trust regarding new gTLDs and the overall domain name system.

“This is the first time we’ve surveyed consumers directly about domain names and Internet use, and it provides an important benchmark as the new domains roll out… as the community looks toward future rounds, the survey findings will help inform the best approach,” said President Akram Atallah of ICANN’s Global Domains Division.

Currently ICANN is working with Nielsen on another global survey, this time to measure registrants’ trust of the domain name landscape. Results should be available later this year.

An infographic on the ICANN survey

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Cybersquatters Rush To Claim Brands In The New GTLD Territories

Posted March 4th, 2014


On Jan. 29, Donuts Inc. launched the first seven of what will be some 1,000 new generic top-level domains or GTLDs, rivals to the familiar .com, .com and .edu endings that now populate most of the known Internet.

Six days later, at 2:04 a.m., Venura de Zoysa of Kingston in New South Wales, Australia, used to register the domain name Adidas .clothing. The following day Erwin Strobel of nearby Wagga Wagga registered The next day in Texas, a fellow named Farris Nawas, claiming to live in Austin, registered at 5:07 a.m. A few hours later Farris Nawas, now in Houston, registered And about the same time another person with the same name and address as a wallpaper hanger  in the Houston suburb of Pasadena registered

What do these nobodies scattered around the globe have to do with the famous brand names they registered? Not much, probably.

See the full story HERE.


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Federal Court Holds In Favor Of Godaddy in Alleged Cybersquatting Case

Posted January 11th, 2012

In a case brought under the Lanham Act, alleging cybersquatting, contributory cybersquatting, as well as claims of unfair competition, Plaintiff Petroliam Nasional Behad (“Petronas”) asserted that and (registered by Go Daddy) were used by one or more non-parties to violate its trademark rights by cybersquatting.

See the full story HERE, HERE & HERE.

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“ICANN Hunts for Anti-Cybersquatting Database Provider”

Posted October 10th, 2011

As reported on “ICANN is in the process of looking for an operator for the Trademark Clearinghouse that will play a crucial brand protection role in new top-level domains.

An RFI published last week says that ICANN is looking for an exclusive contractor, but that it may consider splitting the deal between two companies — one to provide trademark validation services and the other to manage the database.

The TMCH is basically a big database of validated trademarks that registrars/registries will have to integrate with. It will be an integral part of any new gTLD launch.”

Click HERE to read more.

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Clothing Designer Wins Lawsuit Against Online Counterfeiters

Posted June 11th, 2011

Another score for trademark holders has been racked up in the anti-counterfeiting arena.

As reported by “Women’s clothing designer Tory Burch has been awarded $164 million in damages from online counterfeiters that have been selling copies of her shoes, bags and clothing on the web. According to Women’s Wear Daily, this is the largest amount of money awarded to a fashion designer for damages from online counterfeiters. For background, in 2008, eBay was forced to pay Louis Vuitton $61 million over the sale of counterfeit bags and accessories on the auction marketplace.

Tory Burch filed lawsuit in December 2010, alleging trademark counterfeiting and cybersquatting by a group of counterfeiters (believed to be based in China) that had set up hundreds of websites selling fake Tory Burch goods.”

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Professional Cybersquatter Capitalizes On Royal Wedding

Posted April 26th, 2011

It seems there is no where to hide from the media blitz that is the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton; not even on domain blogs.

Today’s domain related Will and Kate news comes courtesy of  Jeff Geaney, a self professed “professional cybersquatter” who snapped up as part of a scheme to make money off the royal nuptials.

As reported by “Jeff Geaney buys and sells Internet addresses and quickly snapped up the address as soon as he heard Prince William and Kate Middleton were engaged.

“I thought, how will people be making money from this? Replica rings!” Geaney said.

As he predicted, there has been an online rush for knock-offs of the engagement ring William gave Kate in November, with retailers scrambling for the best domain name to attract customers.

Geaney is a professional “cyber-squatter”. For more than a decade, he has been buying addresses he predicts will be in high demand and sells them to the highest bidder.

“I’m waiting for a bigger offer at the moment,” Geaney said after receiving an anonymous $10,000 bid from the UK in an online auction.”

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Bank Sues Alleged Cybersquatters and Phishers.

Posted April 25th, 2011

According to Domain Name Wire: “ Morgan Stanley already has the domain names — but it wants more than that.

The bank has filed a lawsuit against the owners of five domain names that it says were used for cybersquatting and phishing.

The company already has possession of four of the five domain names thanks to proceedings at National Arbitration Forum last year. Through UDRP it picked up,,, and”

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Like A Rolling Stone Indeed

Posted February 24th, 2010

Earlier this week the domain name for Rolling Stone magazine, appeared to have expired and briefly become a Network Solutions parking page. The twittersphere exploded with comments in reference to the event to the tune of “I wish I had bought it” and “I could be very rich right now”. More alarming than this mass interest in cybersquatting the domain and ransoming it back to Rolling Stone was the information that the domain was not set to expire until September 2011. According to Adam Strong of Domain Name News, this is a problem that NSI refers to as a “glitch.”

If a domain of such high profile can incur a “glitch” of this magnitude, it can happen to any domain. Consider this a warning shot. Your registrations are not infallible. Watch your expiration dates like a hawk. Constantly monitor your domain resolution. IP protection is a constantly changing game.

Click HERE for the full Domain Name News article on “glitch”.

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Cybersquatting Cases Fall To Three Year Low

Posted January 19th, 2010

As reported by Andrew Allerman of Domain Name Wire: “The number of cybersquatting cases filed under Uniform domain-name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) fell to a three year low in 2009, and the rate of cybersquatting cases compared to the total number of domains registered fell to an all-time low, according to an analysis by Domain name Wire”.

To read the full article, click HERE.

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Cybersquatters Eye Millions in Tiger Woods Scandal

Posted December 14th, 2009

From The Economic Times

It’s a business worth millions of dollars that some Internet entrepreneurs are eyeing by sale of websites dedicated to the Tiger Woods scandal, even as the disgraced golfer himself has lost millions in earnings to his ‘infidelity’.

Dozens of websites have been registered in the past few days and put on sale for prices as high as 21 million dollars to cash in on the scandal involving the former ‘God of Golf’ and his mistresses.

These include, one of the most expensive so far,,,,, and, which are currently on sale at leading online marketplace eBay.

Around 20 such website addresses are currently on sale for a price totaling to over 100 million dollars — an amount nearing the golfer’s annual income from his endorsements and tournaments.

See the full skinny HERE.

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