Cybersquatting in India

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L.L.B 3rd Year
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Bibliography 3
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Introduction 5
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Who are CYBERSQUATTERS – Modus operandi? 7
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Legal Resolution – India 9
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Conclusion 16

Articles & Books

1. Merz Michael, Czerwinski David, Amblee Naveen, Managing and Measuring Online Brand Value, Proceedings of ASBBS Volume 16 February 2009 at ASBBS Annual Conference, Las Vegas

2. George B. Delta, Jeffrey H. Matsuura, Law of the Internet, Aspen Publishers, 2nd edition, 2004

3. Jane C. Ginsberg, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law 748 (Robert C. Clark et al. eds., Foundation Press 4th ed. 2007)(2001)

4. Clark, Christopher G., The Truth in Domain Names Act of 2003 and a Preventative Measure to Combat Typosquatting. Cornell Law Review, Vol. 89, No. 6, p. 1476

5. Jacqueline D. Lipton, Bad Faith in Cyberspace: Grounding Domain Name Theory in Trademark, Property, and Restitution, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Volume 23, Number 2 Spring 2010

6. Benjamin Edelman, Large-Scale Registration of Domains with Typographical Errors


1. Panavision Int’l, L.P. v. Toeppen, [141 F.3d 1316, 1327 (9th Cir. 1998)]

2. Carefirst of Md., Inc. v. Carefirst Pregnancy Ctrs., Inc., [334 F.3d 390, 394–95 (4th Cir. 2003)]

3. Virtual Works, Inc. v. Volkswagen of America, Inc. [238 F.3d 264 (4th Cir. 2001)]

4. Yahoo Inc. v. Aakash Arora & Anr [78 (1999) DLT 285]

5. Rediff Communication v. Cyberbooth & Anr [2000 PTC 209]

6. Tata Sons Ltd v. Monu Kasuri & ors [2001 PTC 432]

7. SBI Cards & Payment Services Pvt Ltd v. Domain Active Pty. Ltd [Case No. D2005-0271, WIPO]

8. Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd. v. Steven S Lalwani [Cases No D2000-0014, WIPO]

9. Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd. v. Long Distance Telephone Co. [Case No. 2000-0015, WIPO] 

10. Maruti Udyog Ltd .v. [Case No. D2003-0073, WIPO]

11. Satyam Infoway Ltd. v Sifynet Solutions [2004 (6) SCC 145]


Last decade has witnessed a dramatic change in Domain name ownership for a variety of reasons. Business transactions have gone online and doing business on the web has become important. As a result, obtaining a domain name that is closely associated with a business is very important for most ventures. In addition to identifying the owner of the domain name and the source of goods sold through a domain name, domain names can become brands themselves. We view any website (and domain name for that matter) as an online brand. As a result, just as,, and are brand names, so are,, and Thus, acquiring premiere domain names that contain simple descriptive words and phrases is important for many companies in building their online brand. Legitimate domain names are frequently identical to the name of a corporation or a celebrity, such as or, because making the domain name mirror the organization’s name facilitates easy access.

Domain names are registered under the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) through various authorized domain name registrars such as,, etc and this registration system does not require domain name registrants to conduct any sort of trademark search before registering a domain name. As a result, in a matter of...
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