Top 10 Types of Online Brand Abuse Identified

Unauthorized use of logos and images and use of hidden and visible text top
the list of online brand abuses, according to Alexandria, VA-based
Cyveillance, whose technology protects brands against devaluation and loss of
market share due to misuse.

Cyveillance said its top 10 list
is the
culmination of two years of research conducted by downloading and analyzing
millions of Web pages.

Cyveillance ranked these abuses based on their frequency and prevalence on the

  1. Unauthorized use of logos and images
  2. Use of hidden and visible text
  3. Unauthorized use of a company’s name or product in metatags
  4. Software, music and video piracy
  5. Unauthorized distribution or sale of consumer goods
  6. Framing
  7. Use of a company’s name on a competitor’s site
  8. Use of logos or images in a pornographic context
  9. Domain name abuse and parody sites
  10. Gripe sites and negative newsgroup postings

“Over the past two years, we have seen a growing proliferation of these types
of brand abuses on the Internet,” said Cyveillance CEO and Chairman Brandy
Thomas. “Site designers and owners have become more creative in luring
consumers to their sites by using established household brand names in
metatags or by capitalizing on competitors’ names by referencing them, framing
or linking to them right in their sites. These methods cost companies billions
of dollars in market share and brand value.”

According to the International Trademark Association (INTA), companies lose an
average of 22 percent of sales due to trademark infringement and
counterfeiting. The
Internet will no doubt create a multiplier effect on this statistic,
Cyveillance said.

“Corporations can prevent these types of brand abuses from severely impacting
their bottom lines by taking decisive action now,” said Cyveillance President
and COO Christopher Young. “There is simply no excuse for allowing these types
of abuses to go unchecked. Corporations that do not take action now are going
to be caught with their pants down.”

Cyveillance, founded in 1997, is a privately held company that uses
proprietary technology to pinpoint and prioritize sites and postings on the
Internet that have the greatest business impact for its clients. Cyveillance
offers four core products that focus on helping customers identify and take
action against infringements in the areas of e-commerce, copyrights and
trademarks, pornography and online rumors.

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