Microsoft Sues Domain Name Registrar for Typosquatting  

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Robert McMillan, IDG News

Microsoft has sued domain name registrar Red Register claiming that it is illegally profiting from Microsoft's trademarks.

In a lawsuit filed in Seattle earlier this month Microsoft alleges that Red Register snatched up 125 domain names, all "confusingly similar to Microsoft's Marks" in order to profit from Web advertising, a practice known as typosquatting and cybersquatting.

Web surfers may be tricked into clicking on ads on these sites "because the person finds it easier to click on the advertisement or hyperlink than to continue searching for the Microsoft site, or because the person mistakenly believes Microsoft has authorized or endorsed the advertisements," the filings state.

Typosquatting is the practice of registering domain names that contain misspellings of trademark terms. Cybersquatting is the registration of a variant of trademark.

Red Register owns domains such as,, and, Microsoft said in court filings.

Source --> Microsoft Sues Domain Name Registrar for Typosquatting


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