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Hire A Business Attorney If You Believe That You're A Victim Of Cybersquatting

by Andrew Martin

Upon coming up with an idea for a business, one of the first things that you'll commonly want to do is decide on a name and then register a web domain with an appropriate URL. You'll be in for a shock, however, if you learn that your preferred URL isn't available. While it's entirely possible that someone else has legitimately bought the URL and is operating a website for a business with the same name (or a similar one) as yours, there's also a chance that you're a victim of cybersquatting. This is especially likely if you told several people about your business before looking to secure the URL. Now is the time to hire a business attorney who can help you with the following.

Determining Who Owns The Domain

By partnering with an investigator, your business attorney can begin to dig into who registered the domain name in question. If you're dealing with a legitimate case of cybersquatting, it's likely either someone you know or an acquaintance of someone you know and told about your business. Unscrupulous individuals will buy domain names that they expect people to eventually want with the goal of selling the domain to the individual at an inflated price. Before you can move forward in any manner, identifying the cybersquatter is a must.

Taking Legal Action

You have a right to take legal action against whoever is cybersquatting the domain name that you wish to buy, and your business attorney will be critical during this time. There are numerous approaches that you and your attorney can take when facing this situation. One idea is to send a demand letter to the cybersquatter advising him or her that you will be filing a lawsuit against this individual unless he or she relinquishes the URL name by a certain date. U.S. law gives you the right to sue based on cybersquatting, so this legal demand carries weight.

Working Out An Agreement

Even though you can legally sue the cybersquatter, you might not necessarily want to go this route. It's possible that you want to just pay this person for the domain and put this unfortunate incident behind you so that you can concentrate on building a website for your business. You never want to simply send a cybersquatter money through the internet and hope that he or she sends you the domain ownership. Instead, you'll want your attorney to draft up a contract the stipulates the terms of you exchanging money for the domain.

For more information, contact a local business law attorney