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Sex, Kids and Domain Names

Sex, Kids and Domain Names

Although domain name disputes involving adult content are among the oldest types of cybersquatting schemes, it seems as if porn sites using someone else’s trademarks are less common than in the past — perhaps because cybersquatters have found more effective ways to monetize their domain names. Or perhaps because they’ve consistently lost domain name disputes where sex-related websites are involved. Despite this background and the recent trend, one UDRP case is notable: <badhellokitty.com>. For the benefit of those who don’t have young children, or weren’t children themselves since the mid 1970s, “Hello Kitty” is a fictional character originally aimed... read more

[Webinar Replay] Cybersquatting and Banking: How the Financial Services Industry Can Protect Itself Online

Click here for a replay of the GigaLaw webinar, “Cybersquatting and Banking: How the Financial Services Industry Can Protect Itself Online.” The webinar was presented live on May 11, 2016. In this free webinar, Doug Isenberg of GigaLaw and Craig Schwartz of fTLD Registry Services provide important information about how domain name fraud is affecting the financial services industries, including banking and insurance, and what businesses and consumers can do to protect themselves online. While some new top-level domains (such as fTLD’s .BANK and .INSURANCE) provide protection for trademark owners, the availability of nearly 1,000 new TLDs is also creating... read more

Three Important Letters for Cybersquatters (and Trademark Owners)

Many trademark owners are continuing to fall for one of the oldest tricks in the cybersquatter’s handbook: Failing to register a domain name that contains “www” as its first three characters. To be clear, I’m referring to a second-level domain that includes “www” in it — not a web address (or URL) that uses “www” at the beginning as a third-level domain. For example: In the URL www.bankofamerica.com, the relevant (second-level) domain name — that is, the portion that is (or, rather, was) available for registration to anyone — is simply “bankofamerica”. In the URL wwwbankofamerica.com (without a dot... read more

The Future of Domain Name Dispute Policies: The Journey Begins

A just-launched ICANN “working group” (of which I am a member) will — eventually — help to determine the future of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the 17-year-old domain name arbitration system that has been embraced by trademark owners and criticized by some domainers; as well as the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), the new (and limited) arbitration process that applies to the new gTLDs. The Policy Development Process Working Group has been chartered by ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council to review the rights-protection mechanisms (RPMs) that have been developed for all generic... read more

‘A whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names’

That’s what the World Trademark Review said about Doug Isenberg, founder of The GigaLaw Firm.

An attorney, entrepreneur, author, professor and domain name arbitrator, Doug helps companies of all sizes protect their brands on the Internet.

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Reclaim Your Domain; Retake Your Territory

The GigaLaw Firm uses a variety of legal tools to protect its clients against cybersquatters, infringers and other bad actors on the Internet:

Domain Name Disputes

Has someone else registered a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to your trademark? Read more…

Copyright Infringement

Is someone copying text, images, music or software from your website? Read more…

Domain Name Transactions

Have you launched a new business or added a brand to an existing business? Read more…

Contracts and licenses

Are you creating or growing your Internet presence? Read more…