Proposed New York State Anti-Cybersquatting Law

Discussion here.
The language of S2306 follows:
Introduced by Sens. LITTLE, ALESI, BRUNO, DeFRANCISCO, FARLEY, FUSCHIL-LO, HANNON, LARKIN, LEIBELL, LIBOUS, MALTESE, MARCELLINO, MARCHI, MAZIARZ, MEIER, MORAHAN, PADAVAN, RATH, SALAND, SKELOS, VOLKER, WINNER – read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection
AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to cyber piracy protections and the unlawful registration of domain names
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new article
2 9-C to read as follows:
5 Section 146. Short title.
6 147. Definitions.
7 148. Unlawful registration of domain name.
8 149. Civil remedies.
9 Section 146. Short title. This article shall be known and may be cited as
10 the “domain names cyber piracy protections act.”
11 Section 147. Definitions. For the purposes of this article, the following
12 terms shall have the following meanings:
13 1. “Domain name” means any alphanumeric designation that is registered
14 with or assigned by any domain name registrar, domain name registry, or
15 other domain name registration authority as part of an electronic
16 address on the internet.
17 2. “Internet” means the international computer network of both federal
18 and non-federal interoperable packet switched data networks.
19 3. “Traffic in” refers to transactions that include, but are not
20 limited to, sales, purchases, loans, pledges, licenses, exchanges of
1 currency, or any other transfer for consideration or receipt in exchange
2 for consideration.
3 Section 148. Unlawful registration of domain name. 1. No person shall regis-
4 ter a domain name that consists of the name of another living person, or
5 a name substantially and confusingly similar thereto, without that
6 person’s consent, with the specific intent to profit from such name by
7 selling the domain name for financial gain to that person or any third
8 party.
9 2. A person who in good faith registers a domain name consisting of
10 the name of another living person, or a name substantially and confus-
11 ingly similar thereto, shall not be liable under this section if such
12 name is used in, affiliated with, or related to a work of authorship
13 protected under title 17 USC, including a work made for hire as defined
14 in 17 USC 101, and if the person registering the domain name is the
15 copyright owner or licensee of the work, the person intends to sell the
16 domain name in conjunction with the lawful exploitation of the work, and
17 such registration in not prohibited by a contract between the registrant
18 and the named person.
19 Section 149. Civil remedies. 1. Upon the commission of a violation of this
20 article, an application may be made by the public service commission to
21 a court having jurisdiction to issue an injunction against the regist-
22 rar, domain name registry, or other domain name registration authority,
23 and upon notice to the respondent of not less than five days, the court
24 may award injunctive relief, including the forfeiture or cancellation of
25 the domain name. If it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court
26 that the respondent has committed a violation of this article, the court
27 shall enjoin and restrain any further violation without requiring proof
28 that any person has, in fact, been injured or damaged thereby.
29 2. In addition to injunctive relief, the court may fine the registrar,
30 domain name registry, or other domain name registration authority, one
31 thousand dollars for each day the violation occurs. The court may also
32 order the transfer of the domain name as part of the relief awarded.
33 3. In a civil action commenced under this section, a domain name shall
34 be deemed to have its situs within the state if the domain name regist-
35 rar, registry, or other domain name authority that registered or
36 assigned the domain name is located within the state.
37 Section 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
38 it shall have become a law; provided, however, that any rules and regu-
39 lations necessary for the implementation of this act may be promulgated
40 on or before its effective date.

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