Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999 (ACPA)
An amendment (15 U.S.C. § 1125(d)) to the Lanham Act ( www.practicallaw.com/8-501-4903) that creates a civil cause of action for owners of certain federally-protected trademarks ( www.practicallaw.com/4-501-4858) against a person that both:
Registers, traffics in or uses a domain name ( www.practicallaw.com/1-501-6000) that is identical or confusingly similar to the mark or, in the case of a famous mark, dilutes the mark.
Has a bad faith intent to profit from the mark.
The ACPA applies to the following types of trademarks (whether registered or unregistered) protected under the Lanham Act:
Marks that are distinctive or famous at the time the relevant domain name was registered.
Certain marks relating to the Red Cross and the Olympics.