Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


The Internet is being catapulted to the forefront of commerce and will soon become one of the largest players in the commercial world. Famous and wellknown marks have been the special target of a variety of predatory and parasitical practices on the Internet, such as "cybersquatting" and "cyberpiracy." These practices have been exacerbated by registering domain names through offshore or fictitious entities, or by providing false or fictitious information to the registrar of the domain names, Network Solutions, Inc. This article outlines the problems of "cyberabuse" faced by famous trademark holders on the Internet, and outlines important protections that need to be implemented in order to tame the Internet and bring the rules of the commercial world to this exciting new medium.