Monday, April 15, 2002

Citibank violating the cybersquatting law?

Search for PayPal at Google, and the first hit you’ll get is PayPal, but the two micro-ads on Google are for competitors – eBay and C2IT (a Citibank knock-off of PayPal). So far, no problems. Except that Citibank has registered, a misspelling of PayPal’s domain name.

Isn’t this a violation of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA )? A good overview of the federal law (P.L. 106-113) that went into effect in 1999 is available here at Gray Cary’s web site. As I read it, Citibank has deliberately registered a common misspelling (the “t” on the keyboard is right next to the “y”, resulting in instead of with the express purpose of diverting traffic intended for

Ernie, Denise - any thoughts? Is Citibank’s behavior protected?

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