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iGoldRush Blog   April 1998

Cybersquatting Battles – Innocent Caught in Crossfire

April 21, 1998 in News

As federal judges in two recent rulings set precedence against the practice of cybersquatting, some trademark attorneys say the courts have turned a bad situation worse. The 1995 dilution statute permits using a domain name that resembles a trademark to harm a company’s trademark reputation. For example, using ‘barney.com’ to host a pornography site. But attorney Eric Bakri says that the rulings have turned “trademark law on its head. A trademark is not a monopoly, which is why you can have United Airlines, United Van Lines, and United Cleaners down the street from my house.”

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