It was nearly two decades ago when the world-famous star Madonna won the case against a cyber-squatter who maliciously used her trademark when putting up a porn site. At the time, madonna.com was full of content that was inappropriate even for Madonna. The court sided with the singer and the website owner was legally forced to give up the domain name.
The Madonna case is one of many: Microsoft, Dell, and PETA were all victims of cyber-squatting. One might assume that this is simply the price of being famous or owning a billion-dollar brand. However, cyber-squatting can happen to anyone, and it’s just one of the various types of cybercrime.