06 Jan '12, 9pm

Court grants preliminary injuction under ACPA for personal name

ACPA can protect your name even if you aren’t a celebrity. I come across a number of lawsuits and UDRPs about celebrities and cybersquatting. But a decision handed down in district court in New York today is notable because it involves a non-celebrity who believed he was being extorted to pay big money for his personal name as a domain name. The case involves New Yorker Paul Bogoni. He’s not a celebrity, although he considers himself a “prominent real estate investor and philanthropist” in New York. The court granted a preliminary injunction to compel the owner of paulbogoni.org and paulbogoni.com, Vicdania Gomez, to stop using the domain names. Bogoni claimed that Gomez’ use of the domain name violated the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) and its provisions for individuals. The ACPA states: Any person who registers a domain name that consists of the name ...

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