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Typosquatting By Competitors

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#1 SkiBum


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Posted 24 March 2010 - 01:20 PM

We just discovered that one of our clients' top direct competitors recently registered a domain name that's almost exactly the same as our client's domain name - just a 1-character different typo. Can't be a coincidence -- the domain name is 17 characters long (not including www and .com). The competitor has not posted any content on the new domain name -- it's currently parked -- nor has the competitor requested money from our client for the domain name. But we are concerned that they will start forwarding clicks on the typo-domain to their own website. Has anyone experienced an issue like this and gotten it resolved? Does it require lawyers or will a complaint to ICANN suffice?

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 05:34 PM

It all depends on the domain.

Contesting this will either way come at a cost, filing a dispute and lawyer fees.
A lawyer definitely needs to be involved, most cases like these are just silly and more often malicious from the plaintiff's side (Reverse Highjacking) and the lawyers are smiling all the way to the bank.

Usage is a key factor, so your client needs to keep an eye how they are using the domain. If it shows bad faith then chances to win a case are much higher.

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