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Domain Name Squatters Beware

Cybersquatting will not cause you to end up in the Tower of London, but it can cause you to lose a domain name you registered.

A quick report today that is not entirely surprising: trademark holders have won 93 domain name disputes for the .co extension and lost just one at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

So, who was the one loss?  The article has the answer:

The only organization to lose a case is Comite Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne, which failed to get Champagne.co.

There are a few caveats: National Arbitration Forum cases were not considered because they were not broken down by TLD extension and “terminated” cases were counted as wins.

Even with those caveats, it is an impressive record and demonstrates that cybersquatters who trade off another company’s trademark usually lose.

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