Criminalization Of False Domain Name Registration

Proposed legislations have been introduced that would criminalize users who knowingly provide false information when registering their domain name on the Internet. In 2002, the Coble-Berman bill, H.R. 4640, was proposed to deal with providing false information when a domain name is being registered on the Internet. In 2004, Representative Lamar Smith introduced Bill H.R. 3754, which is aimed at providing additional civil and criminal remedies for domain name fraud.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is purpose of these bills?
What is the basis for this legislation?
What are recent events that have further demonstrated the need for the introduction of these bills?
How do these bills criminalize false name registrations?
Has there been much opposition to this proposed legislation?

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