Written by Richard Lowe

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An example of cybersquatting would be if someone purchasedrepparttar 108321 domain name "" and then proceeded to attempt to sell it back to McDonalds. It would also be considered a violation ofrepparttar 108322 law ifrepparttar 108323 purchaser put up a web site describing how bad McDonald's food was or commenting onrepparttar 108324 service.

Cybersquatting was made illegal byrepparttar 108325 passage of a federal law in 1999 known asrepparttar 108326 Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. The law became necessary because numerous large companies were forced to pay large sums to buy their domain names from third parties. These companies included such notables as Panasonic, Fry's Electronics, Hertz and Avon.

How do you know if a company is a victim of cybersquatting? Type in a name that has been trademarked preceded by "www" and following by ".com", ".net" or ".org". If you get a valid web site which looks like it is related in some way torepparttar 108327 domain name, then there is no cybersquatting in effect (although this could be a simple trademark violation). However, if you get one ofrepparttar 108328 following results, then this could be a cybersquatter.

- Can't find server

- under construction

- page with no relationship to domain name

Of course there could be a reasonable explanation for each of these results, so they do not always mean there is cybersquatting occurring. It's a good idea to contactrepparttar 108329 domain name owner before taking any legal action to find out what's going on.

How do you prove someone is cybersquatting?

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