A former employee (Denny) of my friend Brian, waited until Brian's comany website domain expired. Before Brian had a chance to renew the domain, Denny bought the it, knowing Brian still wanted it. Is this illegal at all? Would we have to prove malicious intent? Does Brian have a case at all?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: domain registration
He may have a case under the Anti Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. Factors include whether your friend's company had any trademark protection in its name, whether the name of the company and the domain name are the same, and the intent and actions of the former employee. Your friend should contact me if he wants to discuss representation.