In a Press release, the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) announced today the addition of Hewlett-Packard and InterContinental Hotels as new members.
Here is a look at their agenda for 2009:
“””””CADNA has been working diligently to further international and national policies that combat the practice of cybersquatting, and has gained a reputation as a committed public interest watchdog. Its growing influence is fueled by the principled goals of its members, who are dedicated to protecting their brands and their customers. As brands continue to learn about the prevalence and practice of online criminal activities, CADNA finds companies increasingly eager and motivated to join the coalition’s fight against online trademark infringement.”””””
“”””In line with its work to promote awareness about the practice of cybersquatting and the extent of its effects, CADNA has built an interactive calculator that brand owners can use to estimate how much revenue they are currently losing as a result of this criminal practice. By answering a few simple questions, brands can instantly receive an estimate of the costs of cybersquatting under the current governing system and a comparative estimate of the costs of cybersquatting under a system that has been reshaped through CADNA’s efforts. To use this calculator and learn more about how you can get involved in combating online fraud, visit www.cadna.org.”””””
Once again they are referring to the practice of cybersquatting” as a “criminal practice”.
Once again they label cybersquatting as fraud.
Of course currently cybersquatting is not criminal.
Cybersquatting It a civil matter.
It subjects violators to civil fines, damages and loss of domains.
However I am not aware of any criminal penalties for engaging in this behavor.
However, have no doubt that this is a continuing effort on CADNA to take cybersquatting issue and asking congress to make it a criminal violation in 2009.
All this will lead to an increase of reserve high jacking cases, as you will be threatened not only with $100K fine (look for this number to be increased into the seven figures in 2009), but jail time as well.
Time for ICA to start rebutting these press releases.
The ICA cannot let this categorization of criminalization just hang out there and become fixed as truth in people’s mind.
Whatever your politics you will have to admit we are entering into a new era of more governmental regulation.
CADNA is coming and they are coming after domain owners.