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America Online tried to outsmart cybersquatters over its Time Warner deal, snapping up more than 20 URLs relevant to the new company ahead of the buyout announcement. AOL registered at least 21 domain names on Sunday, ranging from AOLTW.com to AmericaOnlineTimeWarner.net, Bloomberg reported. Being held to ransom by domain name pirates was obviously high on the agenda of the new company to be named AOL Time Warner. Cybersquatters can register a URL for companies for next to nothing, then try and sell them at a huge profit. Businesses can also fall prey to URLs bearing their name being used for unsavoury activities such as porno sites - such as happened to Intel last year. US Federal courts have often come down on the side of companies in such cases following the passing of the Anti-Cybersquatting Act last year. This allows firms to claim up to $100,000 in damages. Registering URLs is getting closer to the top of companies priority lists, said a representative for Network Solutions which controls a database of almost seven million domain names. ® Related stories: AOL to merge with Time Warner UN body moves to ban Web squatters Porno cyber squatters target Intel The URLs registered by AOL on Sunday were: AmericaOnlineTimeWarner.com AmericaOnlineTimeWarner.net AmericaOnlineTImeWarner.org TimeAmericaOnline.com TimeAmericaOnline.net TimeAmericaOnline.org AmericaOnlineTime.com AmericaOnlineTIme.net AmericaOnlineTime.org AOLTimeWarner.com AOLTimeWarner.net AOLTimeWarner.org AOLTime.com AOLTime.net AOLTime.org TImeAOL.com TimeAOL.net TimeAOL.org AOLTW.com AOLTW.net AOLTW.org

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