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What Is Cyber Squatting?

Cyber squatting is generally defined as the situation where one person of business entity purchased a domain name solely for the purpose of reselling the domain to the highest bidder. Implicit in their purchase is that they have absolutely no interest in using or developing a website at that domain. Since 1999 cybersquatting has been an illegal activity worldwide.

What Must a Plaintiff Show to Make an Argument of Illegal Cyber Squatting against an Individual or Business Entity?

In general, a plaintiff must show that the domain name registrant has absolutely no "legitimate" interest in using the domain name and that the domain name registrant has acted in bad faith to deprive the potential legitimate owner use of or profit from the domain name. Legitimate in this context generally means a "reasonable business or professional purpose". Bad faith here generally means that the registrant has tried to sell or manipulate the domain so as to make a profit on it.

What Is Specifically Meant by Bad Faith in this Context?

Bad faith is a slippery term in any area of the law, and in cybersquatting law it¿s no different. Fortunately, the courts have provided potential plaintiffs and defendants with some idea what they mean by bad faith intent to profit. In this context bad faith is determined by:

Should I Contact a Lawyer Regarding a Possible Cyber Squatting Suit?

Cyber squatting law is well settled worldwide. Courts globally have little patience for cyber squatting, and are quick to hand down rulings and penalties to curtail this practice. If you believe you have a reasonable claim to a domain name which another person in squatting on, you should contact an internet lawyer immediately to file suit against the squatter.

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Last Modified: 06-10-2009 02:55 PM PDT

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