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Example: "Cybersquatters often register hundreds or even thousands of domain names."

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A cybersquatter, or "domainer," is someone who registers a domain name without intending to create a website for it. Cybersquatters typically register domain names with common words or phrases with the hope of selling the domains at a profit to interested buyers. Many cybersquatters also create parked pages for their domain names, which may provide revenue through advertisements.

While cybersquatters often profit by selling domain names, they may be forced to give up others. Due to the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), cybersquatters cannot withhold domains from individuals or businesses who have already trademarked or registered similar names.

Published: February 26, 2010

Definition from the PC Glossary