Has your brand ever experienced cybersquatting or something close? Have you ever thought of a domain name only to find out someone already got it?
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One of the first steps to becoming an aspiring business owner or entrepreneur is to register your business with the right authorities. Also, in the age of the digital economy, it’s important to register a domain name too – the only name that identifies you on the Internet.
Domain names consist of two structures: the first is a generic top-level domain (gTLD), such as .com, .net, or .org Internet Corporation for names and numbers (ICANN), and the other is the country’s top code. -level domain (ccTLD) such as .ng, .gov.ng or .com.ng are under the perspective of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).
Once someone has registered the domain name of a website with a provider, that name cannot be used by anyone else.
If someone is registering a domain name for your trademark with phishing or other fraudulent activities, it could be a case of cybercrime.
A significant example was the conflict between Jumia and Congo, with the latter accused of registering domain names in other African countries before it could do so.
Examining the case of cyberbullying gTLDs for African states
Brain Luedke once said “It’s weird, what is happening on the Internet in Nigeria. To see what I mean, see .com, such as Zamfara.com, Adamawa.com, Nasarawa.com, Bayelsa.com, PlateauState.com, RiversState.com, OgunState.com, EkitiState About .com and about ten other comics sites in the same format, “Luedke said.
“About half of the 36 states in Nigeria are affected,” he added.
“Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania, is experiencing the same problem with Dodoma.com. So is RDCongo.com.
“Apparently, someone has hacked or taken over .com’s most popular domain names / Internet addresses in Nigeria, and across the African continent.”
He also stated that the source of the problem was found by Yakob Kolokoltsev (Russian Shum Laka) in northwestern Cameroon (near the border with Nigeria).
At first, I found that interesting, but the following remarks revealed his true intentions.
“Allegedly, .com requires only $ 5,000 for these domain names. He said they could sell through a trusted third-party site like Escrow.com or Dynadot.com (Dynadot.com) to protect both the buyer and seller from misunderstanding or fraud.
“The buyer can choose any offer service to ensure a smooth transfer,” he concluded.
First, if you are not sure, the official websites used by the Government of Nigeria are .gov.ng domain names. Some examples are riverstate.gov.ng, ogunstate.gov.ng and lagosstate.gov.ng.
Also, Dodoma, the official website of Tanzania’s capital, is dodoma.go.tz with the country code for Tanzania and not the gTLD.
However, as .com domains are arguably the most popular in the world, we weren’t sure anyone expected this to happen, by registering .com domains in state governments, as well as deceiving users who are naturally switching users to .com. a website.
The rules governing the conduct of cyber crime in Nigeria are clearly outlined in the Cyber Crime Act 2015 (PDF). A cyber-scanner is defined as
“Its name, business name, trademark, domain name or any other word or phrase registered, possessed or used by any person, corporate body or any federal, state or local government who uses or desires” Nigeria, Internet or any other computer network … “
A quotation from Nigerian Air’s shortened domains, Timi Olagunju, a cyberspace / AI lawyer and policy expert, stated that Section 2, Section 2 of the Cybercrime Act, 2015, does not meet the requirements, but only the registration of a domain name. the crime itself. In the section that appears here,
Abuse of the infringer, whether or not the proprietor, business name, trademark, domain name, or any other registered word, phrase or phrase is owned, owned or used by any individual, corporate or federal entity. , Nigeria or Local Government in Nigeria;
The infringer endeavors to obtain compensation in any manner whatsoever for the sole proprietor, whether by name, business name, trademark, domain name or other word or phrase registered, owned or used by any individual, corporate entity or member. for both the Federal State of Nigeria and the Local Government.
However, in this case it is already clear from the registered entities, such as the African state governments involved.
For now, there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to prevent cyberquatters from breaching a website, or a stupid legal system around the world to prevent such events.
Businesses or brands would lose their daily customers on cybersquatters, and like intellectual property rights issues, until reluctant legislation is reached, business owners or brands should focus on expanding their digital presence.