Domainers Lose Big Time In Verizon Cybersquatting Lawsuit
from the poor-domainers dept
Eric Goldman has the details on a lawsuit that should make various typosquatting “domainers” (those who register tons of domain names on typos or other variations of a brand name) a bit nervous. The court came down hard on domaining in general, and domain “tasting” more specifically. The domainer in question tried to get around the law by claiming that by just “tasting” the domain (i.e., holding onto it for the 5 day grace period before you have to pay for it), they weren’t running afoul of laws concerning registering someone else’s trademarked names.
What’s odd, though, and Goldman doesn’t seem to understand it either, is that it wasn’t just the domainer who got slammed, but the registrar through which the domainer registered the domains. That seems questionable, as the registrar should just be a third party service provider, and protected from any liability from the actions of the user.