Cybersquatters Sit on Personal Domain Names in Spite of Federal Law Barring Practice

16 02 2010

You’ve probably already googled yourself, but what about looking up your personal domain name?  You might be surprised what you find. Although some people’s personal names might be registered to a company or a professional located in a far-away state or country, for many people, their name may be sitting primarily unusued because it has been “parked” by a cybersquatter.  At least, until the right price comes along.

Fortunately, there is a law which is designed to protect individuals whose personal name URL has been captured and held hostage by a cybersquatter.  The Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125 et. seq. (“ACPA”), was passed by Congress for the very purpose of protecting individuals and trademark holders against cybersquatters who register internet domain names containing trademarks or real names without that person’s consent with the specific intent to profit from such name by selling the domain name for financial gain.


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