[DNS] Reuters cybersquats on man's domain

[DNS] Reuters cybersquats on man's domain

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 01:15:46 +1000 (EST)
Reuters cybersquats on man's domain
By Kieren McCarthy
Posted: 21/09/2001 at 15:52 GMT


Just when you thought cybersquatting was getting dull because WIPO
just handed over every domain to whoever was richer or more famous,
along comes one of those great examples that makes you realise how
insane the whole system has become. 

It was about, ooh, 15 months ago that WIPO decided that not only were
big companies automatically entitled to domains featuring their name
- even if the existing owners had a valid reason for owning it - but
that said companies also had a right to domains that looked like the
company name (have phonetics come into it yet?). Suddenly misspelling
became not an intangible human error but an intellectual property. 

The best example was case D2000-0441 when news service Reuters took
charge of the following domains, all owned by Global Net 2000:
reters.com, ruters.com, reuers.com, wwwreuters.com and
reutersnews.com.
 http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/21822.html

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