Pinterest Gets Control Of 100 Domains, Wins $7.2 Million In Cybersquatting Case

pinterest-logoA federal judge ruled in Pinterest’s favor this week, granting the company $7.2 million in damages and the control of 100 domains that were registered by a Chinese cybersquatter.

Qian Jin, described in the judgment as a “serial cybersquatter” that owns hundreds of domains similar to the names of large companies, registered domains such as pinterests.com, pimterest.com and pinterost.com “after Pinterest.com and the PIN mark gained fame and began attracting visitors,” the judgment says.

The judge determined that this constituted “willful” infringement and said that “the association of defendant’s mark with Pinterest’s is likely to harm the reputation of Pinterest and create a likelihood of dilution by tarnishment.”

Pinterest had asked for $12 million in damages, but the judge granted the company $7.2 million based on previous case history.

As reported by AllThingsD, a Pinterest spokesperson called the decision “a good outcome for the people who use Pinterest.”

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  • steve

    Oops… I opened the first link and lots of popups and spam happened. Assuming it may take a bit before the domains are transferred over.

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