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What is Cybersquatting?

Cybersquatting involves a person registering a domain name that contains common words, an existing business name, celebrity connection or is similar to an existing domain. They then use this domain to either redirect business to themselves or will try to sell the domain at an over inflated price.

How can Cybersquatting affect me and my business?

Nowadays the internet forms a large part of the way we communicate and sell to our customers and having a domain name that reflects your business or contains your business name is incredibly important to make sure your customers can find you.

For example, if someone else registers your business name as a domain name you could potentially be losing customers who think they are dealing with you but are actually being redirected to another company.

If you try to transfer the domain name back to your business you may be asked to pay a large sum of money to purchase it.

What action can I take against Cybersquatters?

In the UK there are no specific cybersquatting laws to protect you, but it is possible to take action against a cybersquatter using fraud laws and the Trade Marks Act.

It is important that you consult with a suitably qualified and experienced solicitor who will be able to determine if you have a case and help you take legal action against the Cybersquatter.

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