Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cybersquatting up by 8 per cent in 2008: WIPO

Cybersquatting -- holding web domain names hostage for profit -- rose to record levels in 2008, the UN agency for intellectual property rights said.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a record of 2,329 complaints of cybersquatting an 8 per cent increase over 2007 were filed last year, mostly by trademark holders whose names were reserved on the web by other parties.

The increasing number of cases filed with its Arbitration and Mediation Center is occurring at a time when many more domain slots are about to be launched by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), it said adding it expects an in crease in number of such cases.

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