Court dismisses cyber squatter's lawsuit against Grab

Indiscriminate registration of Internet domain names not to be condoned, says judge

3CS had sued Grab in 2018, arguing that it had reneged on a US$250,000 (S$337,000) deal to buy domain name "grab.co.id".
3CS had sued Grab in 2018, arguing that it had reneged on a US$250,000 (S$337,000) deal to buy domain name "grab.co.id".PHOTO: ST FILE

The High Court has made clear in a test case that a cyber squatter cannot enforce an otherwise valid contract as a matter of public policy.

Senior Judge Lai Siu Chiu, in judgment grounds yesterday, found the indiscriminate registration of generic and non-generic names by management consultancy company 3 Corporate Services (3CS), domain registrar Top3 Media and others made them serial or consummate cyber squatters, a point made by defence lawyers for ride-hailing giant GrabTaxi Holdings (Grab).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2020, with the headline 'Court dismisses cyber squatter's lawsuit against Grab'. Print Edition | Subscribe