Shining a light on the Darknet

By Tim Lince

The Darknet is growing at a phenomenal pace. World Trademark Review dives into the murky depths to investigate the risks for brand owners.

It has been variously described as “the lurid underbelly of the Internet” and “a dangerous underground marketplace for cybercriminals”. Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden used it to leak thousands of pages of classified documents, and the Russian government has offered a sizeable reward for anyone who can trace its users. Despite all this, the ominous-sounding yet somewhat misunderstood ‘Darknet’ is growing in popularity at a startling rate, and trademark counsel should thus seriously consider adding it to their enforcement radar.

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