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A New Anticybersquatting Coalition

Apple’s iPhone is barely out and there are apparently 22,000 domain names that are copycats or imitations. Cybersquatting has become such a big problem and legal issue. There is a new watch group or coalition called Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) which plans to combat cybersquatting. The most common legal right infringed by cybersquatters is Trademark and Service mark rights. The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) was signed as an amendment to the Lanham Act and it took effect on November 29, 1999. This domain name dispute law was intended to give trademark and service mark owners legal remedies against defendants who obtain domain names “in bad faith” that are identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark.

We will have to wait and see how CADNA is different and effective from other such coalitions and how they plan to combat this huge problem of cybersquatting.

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July 26, 2007 Posted by | Cybersquatting, Domain name registration, Fraud, Lanham Act., Phishing, Trademark | 1 Comment

ConnectU files lawsuit against Facebook

Still talking about Facebook and it’s huge popularity gain over all other social networking sites, a rival company called ConnectU out of Connecticut has filed a law suit to shut down Facebook alleging that it’s founder Mark Zuckerberg stole ConnectU’s ideas.

The lawsuit’s allegations against Zuckerberg include fraud, copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. Facebook was launched in February of 2004 and ConnectU went online on May of the same year, now ConnectU claims that the three month head start gave Facebook a tremendous advantage and so now has 31 million users compared to 70,000 users of ConnectU.

Now could a three month lead make all that difference in sheer number of users. I doubt it, Facebook is obviously doing something right to get the lion’s share of the market.

The original lawsuit was filed in 2004 and while the matter is still under litigation, Facebook has focused on growing so large and becoming the number one social networking site in the world, to the extent that Yahoo offered to buy it for 1 billion dollars and now after Facebook turned down that offer Yahoo is developing it’s own social networking site called Yahoo Mosh and Google is doing the same called Socialstream. Now we hope these new social networking sites turn out to be different and unique from the existing ones.

July 26, 2007 Posted by | IP infringement, Social networking, Technology and law | Leave a comment