Big brands spend big bucks on cybersquatting and typosquatting pevention — so says a whitepaper commissioned by NetNames.
The study asserts that 1 in 28 webpages illegally infringes in some way — and that 5% of typosquatting domains are bought by cyber-criminals and adult content providers.
So the questions become: how can small business owners protect their online intellectual property and what legal avenues are available to deal with domain disputes?
Legals Options If Someone Is Cybersquatting On Your Domain
If someone is illegally cybersquatting on your rightful domain, legal options are available.
- Politely ask the owner to give up the domain. It’s tough to imagine, but many people solve their cybersquatting challenges with a KIND email.
- Aggressively ask the owner to give up the domain. If the person infringing is nasty, he or she may ignore your initial request. A strongly worded letter from an online copyright lawyer may do the trick.
- File a complaint using the Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Policy. The UDRP is a domain dispute resolution process developed by ICANN. You can read more about how the UDRP process works here.
- File a copyright infringement lawsuit. If you’ve exhausted all other options, or decide not to go the UDRP route, you can always file a domain dispute claim.
Defensive Domain Buying
To protect against cybersquatting and typosquatting legal issues, do some “defensive registration buying” when launching a startup or online business. You don’t have to do anything with the “defensive” urls, but the two hundred dollars a year they cost could save you a lot of legal headaches down the road.
Contact A Domain Dispute, Cybersquatting Lawyer
“With consumers often willing to sacrifice quality in order to get certain products at reduced prices, the growth of counterfeiting, cybersquatting and digital piracy is growing at an astounding rate,”
explained a NetNames spokesman, and continued:
“We now live in a world where the average consumer owns more than one internet-enabled device. This has led to the creation of a constantly-connected environment in which we rely more and more on online products and services. The inevitable consequence of this evolution is that the number and sophistication of cyber-attacks that consumers and brands are exposed to has also dramatically increased.”
Our Internet law attorneys deal regularly deal with domain dispute and online intellectual property issues. If you’re in startup mode or you’re an established business — with a nagging domain issue — give us a call. We have flat rates for most domain dispute fixes.