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Thursday
Jan012009

Cybersquatting Verizon Pays Squat

Check this out. Two days ago Verizon won a court case against cybersquatters OnlineNIC (San Francisco based). OnlineNIC failed to appear in court and were subsequently slammed with a a $33.15 million judgment for bad faith registrations of Verizon-related domains. A judge ruled that OnlineNIC were blatantly trying to attract Web users who were looking for Verizon's web sites.

OnlineNIC registered more than 900,000 domain names similar to Web sites maintained by Google, MySpace, Yahoo and retailers such as Wal-Mart. Holy batshit Robin! That's a lot of domains.

A U.S. district court granted Verizon a $33.15 million judgment against domain registrar OnlineNIC for bad faith registrations of Verizon-related domains. That works out to $50,000 per violation.

The Judge wrote -

OnlineNIC has registered hundreds of domain names that are designed to attract users seeking to access Verizon's legitimate Web sites...and has refused to alter its behavior, and its bad faith is further evidenced by its machinations to avoid detection through the use of fictitious business entities, shell corporations and kiting of its domain names.

He further ordered OnlineNIC to transfer all of the offending domain names to Verizon.

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