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What is domain grabbing or domain high jacking?

Cyber squatting, according to the United States federal law known as the Anti Cyber Squatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cyber squatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price.

If you can claim the rights to a domain name that has been "wrongfully" registered by a third party, you can address your case to a to a court with the appropriate authority. In some cases the judge will rule to release the domain name and to pay damages.

  1. To offer the victims of "cyber squatting" an additional defense, the Belgian Minister of Economics has submitted a design for law. It was approved in March 2003 and became effective in the course of 2003.

  2. Besides those legal procedures, has developed an alternative procedure ("ADR" for "Alternative Dispute Resolution") to settle disputes effectively, rapidly (in a matter of weeks) and cheap (1600 EUR to recover 1 to 5 domain names).

  3. On an international level a uniform procedure was developed for settling disputes concerning domain names: the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). By means of this procedure the worst cases of abuse of domain names and cyber squatting are treated.
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