Microsoft starts suing cybersquatters

Posted on Thursday, Aug 24 2006 @ 12:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft has filed three lawsuits against "cybersquatters" to fight back against a surge of online trademark infringement by people seeking profit from PPC advertising.
The Redmond, Wash., software giant said cybersquatters and typosquatters _ people who register Web addresses either with trademarked terms or with common misspellings in the hopes of luring Web surfers who mistype addresses into their browsers _ are now registering more than 2,000 domains each day targeting Microsoft.

The vast majority of the sites, which have addresses like"microsoftrebate.com,""xbox36com.com"and"msnfinance.com,"are bought by professional operations that place nothing on the pages but pay-per-click ads served by online-ad networks, Microsoft said. About a quarter of the sites use privacy services to disguise their identities.
Read more at Fox News.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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