Prince Lobel Tye LLP media law partner Peter J. Caruso II is
quoted in a Boston Globe article
discussing cybersquatting, and whether the owner of the domain truereligion.com
violated the Anti-Cybersquatting Act of 1999.
The Act was originally designed to prevent speculators from “snapping
up” Internet domain names that are similar to corporate trademarks, and then
selling those domains back to the companies at a significant profit.
But is it cybersquatting if a domain name was purchased and
used years before a similarly-named corporation registers its trademark? That
is the question now before the U.S. District Court in Boston, where True Religion
Apparel is trying to force the shutdown of the website truereligion.com.
That website, owned by a Saudi national, was created to
express his devotion to Islam, and the domain name was registered years before
True Religion Apparel secured its trademark. According to Caruso, if truereligion.com
is forced to surrender its domain name, “this could open the door to a flood of
actions. Just because you have a trademark does not mean you should be able to
monopolize all of the domain names that hold the trademark name.”
To read more about the dispute, please click here for
the complete article