Web site consultancy Netbenefit is warning UK companies about a scam involving payment for the right to keep domain names.
According to Netbenefit managing director Larry Bloch, letters of dubious origin have been sent to companies with Web sites informing them that someone else has attempted to register their name or trademark in the great-britain.com main Internet domain. They are then given seven days to cough up #65 plus VAT to secure the name.
?While it is vitally important for companies to register their domain names in the main registries (co.uk or .com), there is no need to register those that have no credibility ? it?s just a waste of money,? stated Bloch.
Meanwhile, in the US, a battle over the rights to a domain name between a sex site and the toy shop chain Toys ?R? Us has focused attention on other dangers for company trademarks on the Net. Adults ?R? Us has been closed down as a result of the case.
The judge ruled the ?R? Us suffix used by the sex site to ?operate an Internet site and shopping service featuring a variety of sexual devices and clothing?, was tarnishing the toy chain?s squeaky-clean image.
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