Web domain name disputes reach record high

Web domain name disputes reach record high
The number of disputes over web domain names hit a record high over the past 12 months, including some high-profile cases involving fashion brand Gucci, search giant Google and socialite Paris Hilton. There were 2,944 disputes over internet addresses in the 12 months to July 2012, up 6% on the year before, according to legal information provider Sweet & Maxwell. Such disputes occur when companies or celebrities discover that a so-called 'cybersquatter' is using their trademark or name in a website address. The disputes are adjudicated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Cybersquatters often use the addresses to capitalise on online traffic drawn to the high-profile names in order to sell their own products. Alternatively, they just offer the domain back to the rightful owner for a high price. Earlier this year, fashion giant Gucci was forced (more)
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