Domain-name Wars: Rise of the Cybersquatters

In a detailed look at the problem of cybersquatters, Computerworld begins by looking at the case of the website that “began publishing pornographic images created with Lego toys, trademark owner Lego Juris AS, which sells the popular plastic building blocks for children, acted quickly. ‘The content available on the site consisted of animated mini-figures doing very explicit things. We were not amused,'” Peter Kjaer, an attorney for Billund, Denmark-based Lego, told Computerworld.The article looks at the processes involved as “Lego didn’t go to court. Instead it filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center, which ruled in its favor. The domain registrar for, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Inc., eventually shut down the site and transferred the domain name to Lego, in compliance with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (often called the UDRP), a procedure set up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to address domain-name brand abuse.”To read this quite long article from Computerworld in full, go to: