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Global anti-cybersquatting

Almost 90 cases of alleged cybersquatting - the underhand registration of domain names - have been filed with a global online arbitration service since it was set up in December.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Centre aims to tack...
Almost 90 cases of alleged cybersquatting - the underhand registration of domain names - have been filed with a global online arbitration service since it was set up in December.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Centre aims to tackle obvious cases of people registering domain names in which they have no legitimate interests through this service.

The procedure costs between $1000 and $3500 and requires that each case is resolved within a 45 day period. A panel of experts judges each case, and unless the decision is challenged in court, registrars are bound to implement it within ten days.

WIPO has already resolved several cases of disputed domain names or Internet addresses in favour of the World Wrestling Foundation, Stella D'oro Biscuit Co and the Australian telecommunications giant Telstra.

Cases pending include dior.org, easyjet.net. worldcup2002.com, and microsoft.org.

Francis Gurry, Director of WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre said: 'The rate of increase in case filings reflects growing confidence in the market both in the new procedure as an effective means of dealing with cybersquatting and in WIPO's administration of the procedure in an efficient and balanced manner.'

The mandatory dispute resolution system was set up was set up by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers under the uniform domain name dispute resolution policy applicable to generic top-level domains .com, .net and .org.
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