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Experts say the creation of new domain extensions by ICANN will open door for even more cybersquatting

The internet as we know and love it today is an indispensible part of our everyday lives. The internet is a source for information that can be used for all sorts of legitimate purposes by people all around the world. However, the internet is also a hotbed of deceit and users who are out to take advantage of the unsuspecting hoards.

Among some of the biggest issues online are identity theft, fraud, spam, and cybersquatting. As more people are looking to make a buck online, cybersquatting has become a significant issue for the organizations that hear complaints when trademarked names are used in domain names for websites.

Reuters reports that 2008 was a banner year for cybersquatting complaints and legal action. Cybersquatting occurs when a person or company registers a domain name that uses a trademarked word or name in an attempt to get web surfers to come to their website. Celebrities have found that cybersquatters are also registering their names.

Reuters reports that in 2008 companies like RIM, eBay, Google, and more filed complaints concerning cybersquatting. Actress Scarlett Johansson also found her name in use by cybersquatters. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reportedly handled 2,329 cases via its dispute process for website names.

ICANN is readying new domain name extensions, which will make more room for website names and open the door for increased cybersquatting at the same time.

WIPO director General Francis Gurry said in a statement, "The creation of an unknowable and potentially vast number of new gTLDs raises significant issues for rights holders, as well as Internet users generally."

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the modern internet, said, "It would have been interesting to look at systems that didn't involve domains."

Gurry says that the WIPO is working with ICANN to formulate new pre and post delegation procedures to check proposed new suffixes in an attempt to stem future litigation resulting from cybersquatting. Cybersquatting is a problem for many corporations, like Microsoft, who vigorously defend their trademarks.

Microsoft has forced more than one website owner and cybersquatter to turn over their domain names when the domain name violates a Microsoft trademark. However, corporations at times abuse the system by forcing website owners who own domain names that are legitimate, but sound similar to a trademark to turn over their site as well.

Microsoft made some bad press for itself when it sued a man name Mike Rowe who owned a site called Dell Computers also filed suit against a web designer named Paul Dell who owned a website called in 2006. Dell Computer had allegedly offered to buy the domain name, but failed to complete the transaction. Dell later sued Paul Dell for allegedly committing an act of parasitism and trying to create confusion for buyers.

Dell computer sued Paul Dell for $120,000 in damages to Dell America, $60,000 to Dell France, and for an additional $600 for each instance of the word Dell being used on the domain. In other words, Dell sued the man for using his own last name.

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Michael Dell to the world:
By sprockkets on 3/16/2009 10:38:19 AM , Rating: 4
"Only I can use my last name in a company! Go f**k yourself if you think otherwise!"

RE: Michael Dell to the world:
By Gzus666 on 3/16/2009 10:46:45 AM , Rating: 2
Then there is Microsoft, "We don't take kindly to folks who use homophones for their websites round these parts."

Pure insanity on both accounts, I hate lawyers sometimes...

RE: Michael Dell to the world:
By Alpha4 on 3/16/2009 1:03:13 PM , Rating: 5
I hate lawyers sometimes...
I admire your restraint.

RE: Michael Dell to the world:
By GaryJohnson on 3/16/2009 11:46:14 AM , Rating: 2
What ever happened with this exactly? 'cause a whois on DELLWEBSITES.COM shows it belongs to Xiaodong Peng now, not Dell OR Paul Dell.

RE: Michael Dell to the world:
By acase on 3/16/2009 12:58:21 PM , Rating: 5
Dell Inc. told him they would drop the suit if he changed his name. That is what he chose.

RE: Michael Dell to the world:
By Murloc on 3/16/2009 3:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
it was better to sell the domain.

Evil corporate world
By Falanga on 3/16/2009 12:02:57 PM , Rating: 4
I don't see any problem with this. Whoever registered the domain first, he is the rightful owner. Why didn't Microsoft or Dell buy like 30.000.000 domains including all combination with their names?


RE: Evil corporate world
By Whaaambulance on 3/16/2009 12:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
God I LOL'd so hard to this IRL. Thanks for making me spit coffee from my nose this morning.

I've been a victim.
By jlips6 on 3/16/2009 5:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
My father is trying to sell shelters/sheds/anythings that we call decca-domes, and big suprise, someone is squatting on the domain name for

If you want the domain name, you can negotiate for it, or you can wait and then get the domain name when the squatter doesn't renew their application.

I don't see how this changes anything. Adding more available names will increase the number of domain squatters in the same way that a growing population will have more injuries.

RE: I've been a victim.
By atxryan on 3/17/2009 12:07:14 AM , Rating: 2 is available. Or it was until you posted this.

RE: I've been a victim.
By jlips6 on 3/18/2009 12:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I told my dad about it, after I found it was available, but he saw it would require $9.99 a year to have, so he said "I'll think about it". Our query must have registered on some counting program, and informed the previous owner or something.

I say, if he was too cheap to spend $9.99 a year for having that domain name, (when he spends hundreds of dollars keeping his patent) then he deserved to have it squatted on.

Regarding S. Johansson "actress"
By ipay on 3/16/2009 9:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
Scarlett Johansson "actress"actually is a clone from original person,who has nothing with acting career.Clone was created illegally using stolen biomaterial.Original Scarlett Galabekian last name is nice, CHRISTIAN young lady.

By Sahkuhnder on 3/16/2009 11:21:02 PM , Rating: 3
I would still let her cybersquat on me though.
By Barfo on 3/16/2009 3:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
There's also the story, you can read it in the website.
It's basically the car manufacturer being douchebags to a guy whose last name is Nissan and registered that domain.

By Barfo on 3/16/2009 3:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
The page's design blows by the way.

By adrforum on 3/16/2009 2:48:41 PM , Rating: 2
Days before WIPO announced their 2008 domain name dispute totals, the National Arbitration Forum, of Minnesota, USA, announced that its domain name dispute resolution program, that is also ICANN-governed, handled 1,805 cases in 2008. Between WIPO and the FORUM, over 4,000 cybersquatting cases were administered worldwide!

For more info on the FORUM's domains program -

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