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CADNA Launching Campaign Against Cybersquatting
/ July 25, 2007 6:28 pm

Washington – The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) said that it has launched a national campaign against cybersquatting — the fraudulent abuse of domain name registration.

The organization said that sophisticated cybersquatters are increasingly exploiting a flaw in the domain name registration process that allows them to register domain names derived from famous brands, then test their profitability during a five-day grace period before dropping them.

CADNA said that most domain names kept by cybersquatters are used to post pay-per-click advertisements, bringing in $100-$125 million in annual revenue, while costing brand owners more than $1 billion a year in diverted sales and enforcement expenses.

Through its efforts, CADNA said that it plans to pursue congressional legislation that would increase the penalties of the existing Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, as well as work with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to introduce an international anti-cybersquatting treaty.

CADNA has 10 charter members, including Dell, Hilton, Marriott, Verizon and Yahoo.


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  • Just found this guy cybersquatting on twitter ( @bryanelliott1). He registered DisneyOnline and NBC_Universal. Isn’t this criminal?

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