HOUSE RULES AGAINST CYBERSQUATTERS

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By: Staff reports

Trademark Holders Win Legislation Battle

The House passed a bill Tuesday that outlaws cybersquatting, the practice of speculating in Internet addresses, reported The New York Times yesterday.
Attached to the final version of the Satellite Viewers Act, the legislation allows trademark holders, politicians, and athletes to take civil action against people who register celebrity names or trademarks as Internet addresses in hopes of profiting later.
The Motion Pictures Association and other industry groups supported the legislation which would allow trademark holders to take cybersquatters to court and demand up to $100,000 in damages.

The White House opposes the legislation, preferring to see the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) govern such disputes.
Opponents of the legislation fear the proposals could hinder free speech on the Internet.

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Staff reports




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