Will Newly Passed Legislation Impact Domain Owners?
I don’t have a legal background, but I was just sent a link to some legislation that was just passed by US Senate. The Act, known as the “Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008’’ creates a Cabinet-level position called the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.
Recently, some companies have gone after trademark domain names by citing violations of copyright acts in lieu of the Lanham Act, which specifically covers domain names. This Act will allow the US Justice Department to file lawsuits against people who violate copyrights on behalf of the copyright holders. Could this could be dangerous for domain owners whose names could potentially be considered copyright violations?
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