Pinterest, one of the fastest growing social networks where users can post content on a virtual pin-board, has won $7.2 million in damages from a single “cybersquatter.” The cybersquatter is known for owning 100 websites that are related to Pinterest like ?Pimterest.com.?
The cybersquatter benefits from ad revenue generated from people that are trying to find Pinterest.com. Pinterest filed a lawsuit against cybersquatter Qian Jin, a China-based defendant for trademark infringement and cyberpiracy related to registering variations and misspellings of Pinterest’s name.
Qian even attempted to file trademark paperwork in China for Pinterest and targeted the Pinterest name through the registration of top-level domain names like pinterest.tv and pinterest.es.
A judge at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco awarded damages to Pinterest and required Qian to give Pinterest ownership of his domain cache. Qian has also been told that he cannot register any more misleading websites. Qian has ignored all of the lawsuit proceedings though.