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In the latest World Trademark Review podcast, guest speaker Corynne McSherry from the Electronic Frontier Foundation proposes that the application of trademark law in the online environment, and lack of a safe harbour for intermediaries, allow a number of brands to silence free speech. Our panellists then have their say on the issue.
A number of recent Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) decisions have led to proclamations that the mechanism could be ‘dead to trademark owners’. One influential figure in the IP community disagrees with this assertion, but tells World Trademark Review that the URS is in need of review and could be replaced by a fast-track UDRP.
ICANN has published its first Global Registrant Survey, which reveals that almost half of domain name registrants are unaware of cybersquatting. The findings evidence the uphill battle facing trademark counsel as they seek to ensure that internet users are not duped by those seeking to exploit their marks.
A parody artist who has been entangled in a number of high-profile cybersquatting cases has told World Trademark Review that the “scare tactics” utilised by brand owners against alleged domain-squatters should not be the default option, noting that he has responded more positively to ‘polite’ approaches.
Over the past week ICANN has been deluged with public comments focused on the use of privacy and proxy services, which allow a domain name registrant's personal details to be hidden from public view. The submissions followed a call for internet users to speak out against proposals, which are being linked to the ill-fated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Research published by ICANN has pointed to a growing awareness of new gTLDs, although such strings lag significantly behind legacy TLDs in terms of familiarity. Arguably more of a surprise is the finding that just over one in three internet users are aware of cybersquatting.
Recent research has revealed the extent of a newly discovered type of domain name abuse. Dubbed ‘soundsquatting’, it is based on homophone confusion of popular domains and the authors of the study have urged trademark counsel to take note due to the high proportion of malicious domains uncovered.
New research into typosquatting has highlighted the increasingly sophisticated methods that typosquatters are implementing to dupe users and revealed a number of trends that trademark counsel should pay heed to.
The second edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment is now available to view online.
With the launch of its ‘.adult’ and ‘.porn’ TLDs imminent, ICM Registry has expanded on its plans to offer trademark owners wishing to keep their trademark terms out of the hands of cybersquatters access to reduced Trademark Clearinghouse fees.
While not a new phenomenon, over the past few weeks a number of increasingly sophisticated fake news websites have created headaches for media brands. The owner of a number of these sites has suggested to World Trademark Review that more such attacks are planned.
gTLD operator ‘.xyz’ has withdrawn a press release that highlighted a number of brand name-related domain names that were being “released to the public”. The removal followed enquiries from World Trademark Review about the motivation for using trademark terms and highlights the challenge facing those marketing gTLDs to brands.
A brand-hijacked website using the new gTLD string ‘.website’ went viral last week with a hoax news report about the ‘death of Macaulay Culkin’. The hoax spread, in part, because of the authentic-looking ‘msnbc.website’ domain. This issue highlights the risk that new gTLDs will be used to spoof media outlets, which could potentially lose credibility. Our research suggests that further spoofs and brand hijacking could follow, with a number of large media names up for grabs in the new gTLD space.
In a blow to trademark owners who blocked their terms in the ‘.xxx’ string and expected that they would receive similar protection in other adult strings, ICM Registry has confirmed that those seeking protection in the ‘.porn’ and ‘.adult’ strings will now have to pay for the privilege. Better news comes from an unexpected source the operator of the ‘.sucks’ string, who previously announced plans for $25,000 sunrise fees.
We take a look at the world’s most valuable sports teams to see how they are approaching the gTLD expansion. The picture here is even bleaker than on the corporate scene, with private individuals taking the lead in terms of reserving primary brand names.
While new gTLD domain registrations have surpassed the half a million mark, less than a quarter of corporate trademark counsel have made changes to their online enforcement strategies in reaction to the gTLD expansion, according to World Trademark Review’s annual Global Benchmarking Survey.
In the programme update session at ICANN’s Singapore meeting, the organisation announced that 182 new gTLDs have been delegated (as of this morning). While the rollout continues, a number of domain industry voices have expressed frustration at both the level of brand owner engagement with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and the advice some lawyers are giving their clients.
For many trademark counsel, online policing is a full-time job and can be the source of great frustration either due to the ‘whack-a-mole’ effect whereby bad actors quickly replace ads that have been taken down or because of the seemingly insurmountable scale of the world to be monitored. Last year the number of ‘bad ads’ taken down by Google rocketed. While positive, the figures suggest that the policing task faced by trademark counsel is about to get more complicated.
The online challenges faced by trademark counsel and brand protection specialists are in a constant state of flux, with new gTLDs set to expand both the opportunities for, and risks to, brands. To assist trademark counsel in their online policing activities, World Trademark Review is pleased to announce Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment, the latest title to join the growing WTR portfolio. As well as hard copies being sent to WTR subscribers, the guide has today been published online.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has responded to concerns that its proposals to strengthen US anti-cybersquatting legislation would give trademark owners an unfair advantage over domainers in disputes regarding domain ownership.
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