Posted tagged ‘Domain Name’

Oh no, you don’t!

July 3, 2010

You may think that downloading a movie or TV series on the Internet isn’t hurting anybody but you’re wrong! Here is a report from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York which explains how harmful illegal distributing of films and serials is. The American motion picture and television industries employ approximately 2.4 million people, to whom the industries pay over $140 billion in wages yearly. The industries also support over 95,000 small businesses across all 50 states, including caterers, dry cleaners, florists, hardware and lumber suppliers, and other retailers. The industries contribute over $15 billion in taxes annually. The U.S. economy loses an estimated $25.6 billion per year, and an estimated 375,000 jobs per year, to criminal copyright infringement. 

Due to the support of this industry, domain names of seven popular websites have been banned for the violation of copyright infringement laws. Manhattan federal court ordered seizures of  TVSHACK.NET, MOVIES-LINKS.TV, FILESPUMP.COM, NOW-MOVIES.COM, PLANETMOVIEZ.COM, THEPIRATECITY.ORG, and ZML.COM in connection with distribution of pirated movies and TV programs over the Internet.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, six of the websites, TVSHACK.NET, MOVIES-LINKS.TV, FILESPUMP.COM, NOW-MOVIES.COM, PLANETMOVIEZ.COM, and THEPIRATECITY.ORG, are “linking” websites, which provide access, or “links,” to other websites where pirated movies and television programs are stored. Linking websites are popular because they allow users to quickly browse content and locate illegal copies of movies and television shows that would otherwise be more difficult to find.

The seventh website, ZML.COM, is a “cyberlocker,” which is a website on which illegal copies of movies and television shows are stored for downloading. Linking sites advertising infringing content are usually linked to cyberlockers,  here the illegal material is stored.

There are many of these websites which may not be as popular as those are, but this can be a warning to all of them as well. So, watch out!

What’s your take on it?

Source: Read more from Justice.gov 

What’s mine is yours!

June 18, 2010

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Internet’s popularity and ease of access has encouraged businesses to establish their image and reputation online. No matter what the business its Internet presence starts with a domain name – a unique address on the Internet – that is often the same  as the business name or the name of one of its products or services.

But there has been many occasions where trademark owners have become a victim of cybersquatting. The idea of cybersquatting is registering, selling or using a domain name of someone else’s trademark with the intention of getting an unfair means of profit. Moreover they create confusion by changing the trademarked name with a different suffix for example  mcdonalds.info or by playing with letters in a brand name like pannasonic.com. Cybersquatters also have targeted celebrities by abusing their name registration like Scarlett Johanson and Dennis Rodman.

Cybersquatting hit records in 2008. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) only in itself was involved in about 2329 cases in the same year and according to the United Nations, the most targeted category by cybersquatting was pharmaceuticals.

What’s your take on it?