Celebrity Cybersquatters Face A Challenge Online

Cybersquatting is defined as registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad-faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. Many sports figures, actors, musicians and other celebrities have been the victims of “celebrity cybersquatting” where the cybersquatter reserves the domain names that celebrities would most likely want to use (i.e. their name.) Pursuant to the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”), it is illegal to register Internet names of other people with bad faith intent.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is cybersquatting?
What is the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP)?
What Protection Does the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act Provide Against Celebrity Cybersquatting?
How do Courts Deal with Cybersquatting Cases?
What are the effects of cybersquatting of celebrity names?


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