WHat is a Domain Dispute?
A domain dispute most often arises when one party is accused of cybersquatting or domain squatting. Cybersquatting is registering, trafficking in, or using an internet domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. This normally manifests with a cybersquatter purchasing a domain similar to one that belongs to someone else and then hoping to profit by selling it or by diverting traffic away from the rightful owner.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Cybersquatting can take a number of different forms. A cybersquatter may buy a domain that is similar in spelling or sound to the domain of another, buy an identical address with an alternative top level domain name (TLD), or squat on social media. Each can be frustrating and detrimental to a legitimate business.
What to do if you fINd a cyber-squatter?
You’re allowed to contact the squatter to see if there is a misunderstanding or if the situation can be resolved amicably; however, since cybersquatting can take so many forms and there are many ways to resolve the matter, you may wish to hire an attorney right away. Generally, it’s very smart to have a trademark or internet attorney help you from the very beginning to navigate what is often a tricky interaction.
what if i’m improperly accused of cyber-squatting?
Such situations are often contentious and nuanced. The best thing to do is to immediately contact a trademark or internet attorney.