Cyber Squatting

This is a discussion on Cyber Squatting within the Intellectual Property Law Questions forums, part of the Legal Questions & Answers Forum category; Is any part of "cyber squatting" illegal? It seems to me like whoever owns a domain should get to own it. Why are big companies allowed to tell people they ...

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    Cyber Squatting

    Is any part of "cyber squatting" illegal? It seems to me like whoever owns a domain should get to own it. Why are big companies allowed to tell people they aren't allowed to use certain domains?


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    It's partly copyright, but it also depends on who has been around the longest. If you've had a business for years, a company can't come along and tell you to stop using a name, but if you are new and trying to copy them, you're most likely toast.

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    It is a kind of difficult scenario, in my opinion. Some companies have been around longer but I've read of a larger company being able to take their name away because they have a presence that is better known. I think it depends on who has better lawyers in some cases.