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Joe Cartoon Caps Cybersquatter

On March 24, 2000, Joe Cartoon Co., the producers of popular Web toons FROG IN A BLENDER and LEMMINGS, was awarded a preliminary injunction against John Zuccarini for cybersquatting. The court order bars Zuccarini from using or endorsing the use of the domain names joescartoon.com, joecarton.com, joescartons.com, joescartoons.com, cartoonjoe.com and any other derivative of Joe Cartoon Co.'s joecartoon.com URL. This case is one of the first lawsuits filed under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999, which outlaws the use of confusingly similar domain names in order to misdirect traffic from one site to another location. As reported earlier [AF 2/8/00], the court case was filed in early February 2000 with the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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