Law360 Guest Article: GoDaddy Cybersquatting Case May Affect Parked Web Pages

08/19/2013


For registrars, domain name typos can mean big business — and big profit. But a California federal judge recently found that GoDaddy’s Parked Pages Program does not qualify for safe harbor protection under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”). This could place a popular strategy of monetizing misspelled domains in peril, while giving brand owners another avenue to shut down cybersquatting.

Background: The Lawsuit
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sued GoDaddy in 2010, alleging, among other things, that the domain registrar violated the ACPA. The Academy claimed that GoDaddy’s Parked Pages Program allowed GoDaddy’s users — and the company itself — to profit from Oscars-related domains that were confusingly similar to five trademarks held by the Academy.

Excerpted from Law360, August 19, 2013. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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