Trademark News & Screw-ups Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

There is nothing new about using trademark law to go after cybersquatters. What is somewhat new is getting a broad judgment against unspecified John Does who may be "using and infringing Microsoft's trademarks, trade names, service marks, or Internet Domain addresses or names to carry out the enjoined activity." The interesting thing about the order is that while it contains a list of offending domain names, it also contains a provisions that creates a simplified path for Microsoft to add to the list by serving a motion to the court. The order even sets out a procedure for a Court Monitor to deal with future infringing domain names. The biggest problem with domain name disputes is that every time a new infringing domain name would popup, the plaintiff would need to start over, thus making the expenses vastly unproportional to the ease of registering a new domain name. This order makes this chasm significantly smaller.

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