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Registering an Internet domain name that sounds similar to a widely known company or product. For example, if were a popular clothing site, a cybersquatter might register and hope to rank high on a search engine's results page, also by including related words in the hidden tags of its Web pages. The site might sell a competitive product or make money from ads (see domain parking).

Instead of registering similar-sounding names, cybersquatters might register the common misspellings of popular domain names (see URL hijacking).

Anti-Cybersquatting: ACPA and UDRP
In 1999, the U.S. government passed the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), which enables trademark holders to obtain civil damages up to USD $100,000 from cybersquatters. While not directly outlawing cybersquatting, it was an attempt to improve the situation.

Also in 1999, ICANN created the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) to resolve cybersquatting disputes. If not resolved, trademark holders may still take legal action under ACPA. For more information, visit See URL hijacking, page hijacking and domaining.
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The problem is that most people probably prefer to give a cyber squatter 1K rather than a lawyer several thousand more, which is no doubt what it would cost for the legal action, and in this respect Richard has set his price right.
In general, trademark protection will help," agreed Kelly, "but courts are only forcing domain name registrants to transfer domain names to trademark owners in cases where they are cyber pirates and cyber squatters.
In the vast majority of disputes between registered trademark owners and cyber squatters that have actually gone to trial have resulted in victories for the registered trademark owner over the non-trademark holder.
Our policies with eResolution go beyond protecting trademarks and will play an important part in making sure Keywords are a better kind of Web address -- one that slams the door on cyber squatters and makes everything on the Web easier to find.
MetroGuide declared war in 2001 on digital pirates, cyber squatters and intellectual property thieves.
SnapNames has also developed a strong reputation among law firms and large corporations as a resource for recovering names previously held by cyber squatters.
Besides simplifying Internet navigation for users, Keywords help protect brands from cyber squatters because they are awarded based on user expectation and cannot be resold.
THEY should have realised that a site name like Seethru would be an obvious target for dirty minded cyber squatters.
CYBER squatters rushed to register the name of Catherine Zeta Jones's son on the Net just hours after Dylan Michael Douglas was born.
CYBER squatters have rushed to register the name of Catherine Zeta Jones's son on the net.
It is the latest in a long line of victims of porn cyber squatters.
He said: "These cyber squatters are unscrupulous in that they are trying to make a lot of money from something that is very easy to set up.