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Cybersecurity Internet Law

Protecting a Website’s Legal Identity

Protecting an internet site’s legal identity begins with the settled proposition that domain names are a form of personal property. The classification of a domain name as property allows the owner to register the domain name with the United States Trademark Office. Additionally, a domain name owner may state a claim for conversion against an entity that unlawfully interferes with the domain name property.


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Internet site legal identity theft is becoming increasingly more sophisticated and common. If successful, a third party can use the theft of a legal identity to secure confidential information, harm marketing brand value, diminish good will and steal customers. Internet sites may employ legal, business, and technological means to protect their legal identities.

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