Are you the victim of Cybersquatting, Reverse-Cybersquatting or Typosquatting? Perhaps, inadvertently, you’ve become involved in a second level domain name or subdomain dispute? Is your business the target of a gripe site? Want to unmask a domain name warehousing scheme or report a grace period violation? If so, you need an experienced domain attorney to guide you through the proper legal procedures.
The good news is that in many cases, a stern letter from your attorney may be all it takes to settle an Internet law dispute. But, in some cases, additional legal action such as filing a lawsuit, going to trial or settling out-of-court may be necessary. Knowing you have an experienced attorney with many years of domain law experience is a huge relief as well as heavy burden off your shoulders.
Learn more about specific types of domain name disputes.
Domain Name Enforcement
As Internet law tries to keep up with the ever-changing world wide web landscape, two ways e-commerce and domain registrant rights are protected are through ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution procedures and the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1125(d).
ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution
According to ICANN, the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) has been adopted by ICANN-accredited registrars in all gTLDs (.aero, .biz, .cat, .com, .coop, .info, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tel and .travel). The UDRP policy between a registrar and its customer is included in registration agreements for all ICANN-accredited registrars.
The UDRP is an arbitration procedure that tends to move faster than litigation or lawsuits. Domain registrants have relatively good success rates with expert legal counsel. The major limitation of this process, however, is that the sole remedy is having the domain name at issue transferred to the rightful owner.
Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA)
The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) is a federal law under which domain name owners may sue for purposes of obtaining damages for misuse of a domain name. While this process is more involved, it does allow for damages for misuse of the domain, as well as transfer of the domain name.
The Lexero Law Firm – Experts in Domain Law
Regardless of how you choose to proceed, either through arbitration or a lawsuit, principal attorney Eric Menhart and his team at the Lexero Law Firm bring years of experience in resolving domain disputes.
As public domain law continues to evolve, the Lexero Law Firm is here to guide business owners and domain registrants through tricky legal disputes to ensure that your intellectual property, including your registered web domain name, is yours and yours alone. Hire a local dc domain attorney to receive personal attention, expert legal advice, and peace of mind.
Contact Lexero today to learn more about your rights and legal options concerning pubic domain and Internet law.