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Impersonation via e-mail (and other means, including website URL)

Posted by . updated on 11/11/2009
I know the remedies available to me when someone impersonates my domain name, content, website URL, etc.

My question is whether the same, similar or analogous causes of action exist when that someone also impersonates me by registering my personal name and domain name with the email providers, too? For example, [my domain name] @ gmail, yahoo, etc.
Answers (3)
 
JSonnabend
If by "impersonate" you mean causes confusion in consumers, then the answer depends in large part on how the "impersonator" is using the email address.

- Jeff
 
 
snl
Jeff -

OK, let's try the following hypothetical scenarios, for illustration purposes:

If you learned that someone had [in bad faith, you believe] registered the domain SonnabendLaw.info, then, demonstrable confusion or not, you have a cause of action, right?

Additionally, what if that same someone, amongst other things:

points SonnabendLaw.info to your site and tries to sell it (both his domain name and -- incredibly -- posts advertisements for your site on, e.g., craigslist);

registers JSonnabend as one of his usernames on eBay, and (again, amongst other things) registers email addresses such as Jeff.Sonnabend, and SonnabendLaw, "at" gmail.com, etc.?

If the predominant use/effect of all this is, as far as you're presently aware, to harass and annoy you, then no cause of action (unless provable damages)?

Thanks -
 
 
JSonnabend
Quote from: snl on 12-08-08 at 04:49 pm
If you learned that someone had [in bad faith, you believe] registered the domain SonnabendLaw.info, then, demonstrable confusion or not, you have a cause of action, right?

Not necessarily.  Depends on whether you can actually show bad faith.

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Additionally, what if that same someone, amongst other things:

points SonnabendLaw.info to your site and tries to sell it (both his domain name and -- incredibly -- posts advertisements for your site on, e.g., craigslist);

I don't follow that one.  If someone buys SonnabendLaw.info and points it to my site (without anything else), that's fine by me.

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registers JSonnabend as one of his usernames on eBay, and (again, amongst other things) registers email addresses such as Jeff.Sonnabend, and SonnabendLaw, "at" gmail.com, etc.?

And does what with the email addresses?

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If the predominant use/effect of all this is, as far as you're presently aware, to harass and annoy you, then no cause of action (unless provable damages)?

If there is harassment in all of this, I would imagine there are state (and perhaps federal) causes of action, but I can honestly say I have never dealt with such a situation.

- Jeff
 

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