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Cybersquatting : Microsoft expands lawsuits overseas

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Microsoft strengthens its efforts against infringing domain names (winowslivemessenger.com, www.micr0soft.co.uk...). The software giant is suing in the United States the company Maltuzi LLC, which has registered domain names around its brands (source: Microsoft Corp.).

In the line of this US lawsuit, Microsoft announced actions against 5 UK-based cybersquatters, such as Dyslexic Domain Company. This company has been accused of registering more than 6,000 domain names around the Microsoft brands. However, the 2 firms have come to a settlement, which includes payment equal to the profits made from the misspelled domain names.

Cybersquatters are illegally monetizing the domain names containing or derived from well-known brands by different ways:

  • use of pay-per-click pages on the domain names
  • auction sale on the domain names

Brands are abused through domain names, but why should they be recovered ? In fact, the recovery aims at intercepting the web traffic and the profits made from the domain names. On the other hand, it preserves the brand image and helps the businesses to fulfill their potential.

Microsoft actions against cybersquatters

date case important fact
march 2007 Microsoft Corp. v. Maltuzi LLC Microsoft alleged that Maltuzi is a large-scale "domain taster"
december 2006 Microsoft Corp. v. John Does Lawsuit against the domain holders in order to unmask their identities and recover the "parked" domain names
august 2006 Microsoft Corp. v. S. Garba, D. Grabowski, Y. Ning The company alleged that they are owning 217 domain names targeting Microsoft
august 2006 Microsoft Corp. v. Cox et al. The company alleged that they have registered 324 infringing domain names
august 2006 Microsoft Corp. v. Brown The company alleged that they have registered 85 infringing domain names

Source: Microsoft Corp.

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