Meaning of cybersquatting in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsʌɪbəskwɒtɪŋ/


mass noun
  • The practice of registering names, especially well-known company or brand names, as internet domains, in the hope of reselling them at a profit.

    ‘While issues such as domain name ownership and cybersquatting (taking control of a website address you have no right to) were clearly red hot at the height of the internet boom, they remain of considerable importance today.’
    • ‘While cybersquatting on brand names has been outlawed and such companies are allowed to put claim to the relevant URL, it is still lawful for anyone to register a site under someone's name.’
    • ‘Although the law now protects companies' trademark when it comes to cybersquatting, registering people's name is still a grey area.’
    • ‘Because in the last six months or so, the issue of domain name disputes and so-called cybersquatting has shifted from a reasonable and fair system into one that values large corporates and famous people over everything else.’
    • ‘These names are all generic, non-branded names - and anyone who had the nous to register such names can hardly be accused of cybersquatting, since the names do not infringe on anyone else's trademarks or identities.’
    • ‘In order to prevent cybersquatting (people registering trademarks and brands belonging to other people) for the first four months only public bodies and holders of registered names and trademarks will be allowed to register.’
    • ‘When it comes to cybersquatting, spoof names, trademark defenses, and legal actions, one of the fee-based services will be necessary.’
    • ‘After seeing its profits dented by Intel shortages the previous year, the direct-PC demon got its knickers in a twist over domain names and announced it was suing 23 people for alleged cybersquatting.’
    • ‘If it's the domain, then its actions could be construed as cybersquatting.’
    • ‘It is, in effect, a free online case book about cybersquatting that can help parties to gauge their chances before action.’
    • ‘Just when you thought cybersquatting was getting dull because WIPO just handed over every domain to whoever was richer or more famous, along comes one of those great examples that makes you realise how insane the whole system has become.’
    • ‘It's plain from the title of the Act that Congress was grappling with cybersquatting - admittedly a major issue for US business and in particular for trademark holders at the height of the dot-com boom.’
    • ‘However, as the Appeal Court judges point out several times in their judgment, if he is cleared of cybersquatting, it effectively undermines WIPO's decision and subsequently UDRP itself.’
    • ‘Claire has yet to tell us what exactly she plans to do, but hopefully we can get behind her and nip this in this bud before so-called cybersquatting extends even further into social injustice.’
    • ‘In 99% of so called cybersquatting, there is a clear motive, satirical or financial, to exploit another's name.’
    • ‘The lawsuit claims both cybersquatting and trademark infringement.’
    • ‘Pope Benedict XVI's position on cybersquatting is unknown.’
    • ‘This contains a general reference to cybersquatting.’
    • ‘While cybersquatting might have been an inventive way of making money about a year and a half ago, anyone who attempts such a venture now is really rather stupid.’
    • ‘The arrest, though, is on slightly more serious charges than cybersquatting.’