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Personal Computing: Cybersquatting and Its Remedies



September 28, 2009 By

cyber intelligence" firms such as Cyveillance charge $5,000 to $10,000 per year to monitor the Web for domain-name abuse.

Various remedial actions are available as well. Least expensively, you can file a complaint with a dispute-resolution service offered by such groups as the World Intellectual Property Organization's Arbitration and Mediation Center or the National Arbitration Forum's Domain Name Disputes.

Alternately, you could hire a lawyer, with law firms such The GigaLaw Firm specializing in this and related intellectual property and technology issues.

As a Web surfer, to avoid winding up at a cybersquatting site, the most comprehensive action is to use one of the Internet security suites and to keep it up to date. Internet security suites from companies such as Symantec and McAfee do a good job of warning you when you're about to visit a site that may be out to get you.


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