Leading internet firm Rediff.Com India has won a cybersquatting case against a Latin American entity for unauthorised use of a "confusingly similar" domain name.
Panama-based Domain Management, Pauta's International SA was using the domain name "rediffmai.Com" -- something very similar to Rediff.Com.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), part of the United Nations, has asked Domain Management to transfer the disputed internet site to Rediff.Com. The ruling came after Rediff.Com filed a complaint before the UN agency on May 6 this year.
Geneva-based WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center found that "the domain name was chosen and employed precisely for its potential commercial value in misleading internet users familiar with the complainant's well-known and arbitrary Rediff marks".
Cybersquatting is illegally buying and officially recording an address on the internet that is the name of an existing company or a well-known person.
According to details available with the WIPO, a specialised agency of the UN for developing a balanced and accessible international system in the field of intellectual property rights, the domain name was registered by the Panamanian company on June 20, 2004.