Company Files Cybersquatting Claim Against Twitter Username
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Can a Twitter username be cybersquatting? One insurance company thinks so.
Here’s an interesting lawsuit I just discovered that attempts to stretch the bounds of the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection act.
Insurance company Conventry First has filed a federal lawsuit (pdf) against whomever is using the CoventryFirst username on Twitter, i.e. twitter.com/coventryfirst.
But in addition to complaining about plain old trademark infringement, the company has thrown in a charge of cybersquatting for using twitter.com/coventryfirst.
Now, besides the issue that Coventry First is suggesting that having a trademark in a URL directory of your web site can be cybersquatting, it seems to me that in a way they could ensnare Twitter in this battle. After all, it’s Twitter’s domain name that Conventry is considering to be a violation of the anti-cybersquatting act.
The lawsuit does not demand that the @coventryfirst username be transferred to Conventry First.
Just for kicks, I’m going to make this post’s URL include coventry-first.