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Conway Twitty – Victim Of A Cybersquat?

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I grew up listening to the songs of Conway Twitty. I loved the music and the name. You gotta love it. Apparently, someone feels the same about ConwayTwitty.com. (Don’t ask me what this has to do with personal injury law.)

Some heirs of the late singing star Conway Twitty have sued the former owner of a fan Web site in Arkansas to gain control of the Conwaytwitty.com domain name.

Conway Twitty United (CTU) contends Royce Inman, owner of Arkansas Trading Co., has refused to convey the Web site name to the rightful owner and tried to auction off the name for $50,000.

For years, the Internet was rampant with domain names that were registered by people who then tried to sell them to entities associated with the name. That led Congress in 1999 to pass the federal Ant–Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

“If you’re a famous person, somebody can’t just register your name as a domain name. That’s called cybersquatting,” said Steven Hetcher, professor of law at Vanderbilt University. “For a time it was unclear, but now it’s clearly illegal.”