When Your Name Isn't Yours

Regulators want to crack down on cybersquatters. But let's not go too far

For a star high school basketball player like Scott Hazelton, making it to the pros is the ultimate, often unattainable dream. But the 6-ft. 8-in. teenager from Lawrence, Mass., has at least one person who believes in him: Aran Smith, an Internet entrepreneur who registered the domain name scotthazelton.com without Hazelton's permission. Smith has spent some $15,000 staking a claim to more than 200 Internet addresses, mostly the names of promising high school athletes. If any of them make it big, Smith will own some valuable cyber real estate.

It's known as cybersquatting--registering Internet addresses containing someone else's name....

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