Malkovich Stars in Cybersquatting-themed Super Bowl LI Commercial

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 30 January, 2017

A huge television audience is about to become more aware of the issue of cybersquatting.

Just before Sunday’s kickoff of Super Bowl LI, television viewers will be treated to a cybersquatting-themed commercial starring actor John Malkovich discovering that the domain bearing his name is owned by another John Malkovich, who happens to be a fisherman promoting the “ULTIMATE Fishing Site!!”

In the commercial, Malkovich asks: “How is it that JohnMalkovich.com is taken?” and is told by an assistant that someone else has “snatched it.” Surprised that this could happen, he says, “But I’m him” and then references the fact that there’s even “a film about me being me.” (Cue ‘Being John Malkovich’ fans.)

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Topics: cybersquatters, domains

WIPO Reports Cybersquatting Claims Up 5%

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 25 March, 2016

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reports that cybersquatting claims grew by almost 5% last year. Trademark owners filed 2,754 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) during 2015 — an increase of 4.6% over 2014.

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Topics: cybersquatters

Yet More Cybersquatting in the U.S. Presidential Campaign

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 22 February, 2016

Back in October 2015, when there were more than 20 candidates active in the U.S. presidential race, we wrote about a number of cybersquatters making use of candidates’ names in URLs. Sixteen candidates have since dropped out of the race — and as of this writing, it’s now down to two Democrats and five Republicans.

And the cybersquatting continues . . .

Before Jeb Bush dropped out of the race this past weekend, Donald Trump’s campaign purchased a namesake domain of rival candidate Bush — Jebbush.com. Visitors to Jebbush.com are redirected www.donaldjtrump.com. It’s not the only place you’ll find redirects to the Trump campaign. Visit Presidentsanders.com and Hillaryclinton.net and you’ll experience the same thing. And, as the New York Daily News points out, hillaryclinton2016.com redirects to a faux “news” website resembling The Huffington Post that has an anti-Clinton slant.

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Topics: cybersquatters

China Dominates Field of Domain Owners

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 18 December, 2015

It’s a fact: China is now the largest buyer of domain names.

“136 of the 676 2-letter .com domain names are now owned by Chinese registrants, breaking the 20% barrier (20.1% to be exact),” tweeted George Kirikos last month.

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Topics: cybersquatters, domains

More U.S. Presidential Candidate Cybersquatting …

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 17 December, 2015

It wasn’t enough that JebBush.com directs people to Donald Trump’s website, right? Now www.donaldttrump.com redirects to Jeb2016.com, Jeb Bush’s real campaign page. (Note that Trump’s middle initial is actually “J” not “T”.)

What’s a political candidate to do to avoid these annoying cybersquatters, especially those using misspellings of

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Topics: cybersquatters

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