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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Microsoft puts cybersquatters on notice

CNET News.com: "Microsoft on Tuesday launched a new offensive against cybersquatters who allegedly gain illegal profits from thousands of Web sites, such as WindowsLiveTutorial.com and HaloChamp.com, that include the company's trademarked names.
Redmond filed three lawsuits in federal court this week claiming that some Web site operators have registered and operate hundreds of domain names with the sole purpose of reaping 'bad faith' profits and in violation of federal and state laws.
Two of the complaints, filed in Utah and California, name known individuals accused of running more than 400 such sites. A third 'John Doe' complaint is aimed at unmasking alleged cybersquatters, affiliated with 217 different domain names, who have paid privacy protection services to have their registration information shielded. "
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