Global Name Watching

We watch for domain names (gTLDs and ccTLDs) with hostnames (i.e. the “brights” in “brights.jp”) that are the same as that of the targeted domain name and make a monthly report of domain names that have been registered or deleted since the previous report.

Typosquatting Watching

In addition to the domain names with hostnames that are identical to the targeted domain name, we also watch for domain names that are likely to have been registered by ‘typoswatters’.

※Typosquatting:
Typosquatting is a word made from “typo” meaning typographical error and “squatting” meaning unlawful occupation, whereby people acquire in bad faith domain names that are deliberately misspelled and confusingly similar to famous domain names. They use these domain names to attempt to lead internet users to illegitimate sites or advertisements.

Specific Cases of Typosquatting

① Amazon.com

  • WIPO Case No. Case No. D2005-0635 (deliberately misleading spelling/typing mistakes of domain names)
  • amadon.com
  • amazaon.com
  • amoazon.com
  • amoson.com
  • amozen.com
  • amozom.com
  • amozone.com
  • azazon.com
  • wwamazon.com
  • wwwamozon.com
  • ※The WIPO Panel ordered the transfer of the domain names to the complainant.

② Air France

  • WIPO Case No. D2004-0548 (deliberately misleading spelling/typing mistakes of domain names)
  • airfranced.com
  • airfrancew.com
  • qairfrance.com
  • sairfrance.com
  • aurfrance.com
  • airdrance.com
  • airfrabce.com
  • airfrancr.com
  • airfranve.com
  • airfranxe.com
  • airfrqnce.com
  • airfrsnce.com
  • airftance.com
  • aitfrance.com
  • akrfrance.com
  • qirfrance.com
  • sirfrance.com
  • ※The WIPO Panel ordered the transfer of the domain names to the complainant.

Please see the following layout on the keyboard of the characters constituting the words squatted in the Air France case.
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Characters shown in blue: Characters used in legitimate domain names
Characters shown in red: Characters used in typosquatting.

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