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    MS takes on the trademark domain typosquatters
    MS takes up legal cudgels against typosquatters..
    Mad as hell and not going to take it anymore
    By John LeydenPublished Wednesday 23rd August 2006 11:00

    "Microsoft has launched a legal offensive against "typosquatters" who register domains containing trademarked terms or misspelled words in the hope that lost surfers will help them rake in ad revenue.

    Early stages of the campaign include a pair of lawsuits against two, allegedly prolific, typosquatting operations with more to follow. Redmond has taken up legal cudgels against cybersquatters who use the misspelled domain tactic to "illegally profit through the misuse of Microsoft's intellectual property" using the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) of 1999."
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08...ter_clampdown/

    You can bet ABW is full of traffic scamming typo/cybersquatters creating PPCSE click traps or drive-by infestation and cookie stuffing campaigns. Good to see Microsoft trying to drive the bad elements out of the affiliate Adwhore industry. Every shady affiliate killed off by any means leaves the rest of us a bigger piece of the pie.
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    Good to see they are going after the big players. I wonder, now, how they plan on handling the smaller instances of this? It almost seems like a scare tactic...something we're seeing a lot of these days.

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    I'll be happy if they were going after ALL typosquatters. Not only the ones using "Microsoft's intellectual property"
    "The software giant is also seeking to unmask alleged typosquatters who have used privacy protection services to conceal their identities."
    Great, hope they can do the same with the spammers and the thieves using trademarked brand names and counterfeit merchandises.
    Hope they will do more to clean the SERPs including their own.

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    I don't think Microsoft has enough money to clean the internet of typosquatters, just taking care of the ones squatting on all their products and name will take them a bit of time! Every time a product name is bandied about, dozens, hundreds of domainers reg every conceivable extension and typo of the alleged name.

    If they push them out of the contested areas, though, most typosquatters will just find a way to skirt the enforced policies, rather than go away: too much money, and not enough sheriffs.
    Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.

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    The Microsoft initiative addresses more then just their own trademarks as this legal move plays out. Their new OS Vista is supposed to identify/alert through the IE7.0 browser the phishing and typosquatting sites. They seek to penetrate the skanky domain registrars offering privacy shields for domain owners by legal supoenas. The real guns then come out going after Google, and others, for monitizing illegal trademark typosquatters using their domain park services.

    http://australianit.news.com.au/arti...nbv%5E,00.html

    "Microsoft on Tuesday launched a new offensive against cybersquatters who allegedly gain illegal profits from thousands of Web sites, such as WindowsLiveTutorial.com and HaloChamp.com, that include the company's trademarked names." http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6108326.html

    www.Googlesyndication.com is the ultimate bow shot for Bill Gates vendetta against the trademark traffic schemers, e-mail, SERP and browser spammers. For you Adwhore's reading this don't even try to feel your schemes are protected by your smoke screens or lobby groups. $$$Bill is on a mission to get MSN the positive consumer PR at Google's expense.

    Guess how many affiliates will get whacked by putting legal teeth into Microsoft's "Strider" bot OUTING trademark SERP spammers forcing SE's to bann them....
    http://research.microsoft.com/URLTracer/ and the SERP spammers will get theirs right up the butt with no vasaline... http://research.microsoft.com/SearchDefender/
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    It's a huge task indeed and the only way to succeed is to start right at the beginning. Quite often their legal department is far behind their marketing strategy. They fight software piracy in third world countries (I know it includes LS) but they were the ones to push free copies of their products to dominate the market. I still remember how they killed, 123, Lotus, WordPerfect, Borland and its Paradox.
    Same thing for our networks, if you don't police your affiliates with clear policies (and no special deals) right from the beginning, after a while there's nothing you can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecomcity
    The real guns then come out going after Google, and others, for monitizing illegal trademark typosquatters using their domain park services.
    Ah, go after the billionaires, and you will probably get some action.
    Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.

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    Microsoft's CEO is oh so tired of throwing away billions every year fighting the cybercriminals, and those harboring and monitizing them, poking security holes in his operating system. He's b*itch slapped his own lazy legal eagles to go on the offensive to penetrate the defenses setup by the Adwhore industry. He personally is the most spammed person in the world and treats this like those monitizing the Cyberterrorists have declare Jehad on Microsoft.

    You can bet Goffle and the Yahooers have their own lawyers working overtime to see if they can thwart $$$Bill Bill's frontal attack on their involvement with the Cyberterrorists and those harboring them. If not, they are in a quandry. They know they can't afford to cede the moral high ground to Microsoft/MSN in the mindset of their search, PPCSE customer base. This whole legal offensive speaks directly to all the victims of the Adwhore industry's years of allowing their hidden darkside syndications to operate with impunity.

    First up is imposing transparency in the domain registration and whois database. Every law enforcement agency in the world supports this obvious move as do all the web surfing victims of private domain tricksters. Next up comes identifying and shutting down the organized cybercriminals OUTED in the SERPs and PPCSE Ads. Think of the small impact www.siteadvisor.com has done in alerting websurfers and searchers to the blackhat playas and multiply that by Microsofts reach and budget.
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