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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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Some cybersquatters simply seek to engage in a type of unfair competition by registering a famous trademark and then directing business to the cybersquatter by creating the erroneous consumer impression that the famous mark is in some way associated with or endorsing the cybersquatter's business.
And cybersquatters register trademarks as domain names in order to sell them to the rightful trademark owners for multiples of the registration fee.
Statutory damages against cybersquatters can range from $1,000 to $100,000 per abuse.
Airport owners Highlands and Islands Airports said they may go to watchdogs ICANN, who can force cybersquatters to sell web addresses.
The Platinum Service from NetNames will centralise the management of all Gateway's domain names, helping to stop potential threats from cybersquatters, and will also ensure that all domain names for Gateway's online business are renewed.
A new master Internet domain will be launched early next month to create an Internet space, secure against cybersquatters for international airlines, airports and major aerospace firms.
BUSINESSES in Wales worried their websites have been targeted by cybersquatters will be able to use a new monitoring service launched this week.
Before the ACPA was enacted, or ICANN's rules adopted, trademark owners, such as franchisors, seeking to attack cybersquatters often faced an uphill battle.
ACTRESS and singer Courtney Love and the estate of her late husband Kurt Cobain, of rock band Nirvana, are reported to want Pounds 625,000 in damages from two Canadian cybersquatters who set up Internet sites named after them.
It works like this: net savvy cybersquatters register catchy addresses for $70 a pop and then resell them for whatever they can get.
When cybersquatters pick up unregistered variations of a company's web address, businesses are exposed to both dangerous and costly implications.
The LEGO Group with its myriad products has dealt extensively with cybersquatters who register countless permutations of its brands as domain names.