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Digitally Laws and Lawlessness: Finders Keepers.

Published by: Animatrics Industries (AN.I.)

As E-commerce gains popularity, so does it's influence as it expands and creates digitalized forms of relative fields.

"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"

Digital Laws Introduction:

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I want you take a second and visualize the abstract of this situation. You're going to lay down and as you place your phone down beside you on under your pillow, you can someone on the line. You can't hang up because your phone is not making a call, and you can hear someone on the phone, but they're listening. You walk past your laptop or turn on your computer and you can see a transparent behind the pixels on your screen. HE doesn't respond to what you do or say, he's just watching you. Many people enjoy this new approach in this technological age, Many people believe it provides convenience and mental ease from stress when it comes to having purchases items from stores. Personally, I don't feel comfortable with someone hearing me and staring into my eyes through my screen while I'm on the toilet. That's too intimate for my comfort.

Digital real estate refers to the ownership, management, and monetization of virtual properties, such as domain names, websites, online businesses, and other digital assets. While there aren't specific laws or regulations dedicated solely to digital real estate, several existing legal frameworks and taxation principles apply. Here is an overview of key considerations related to laws, regulations, and taxation that impact digital real estate:

1. Intellectual Property Laws:
Intellectual property (IP) laws protect various forms of digital real estate. Trademark laws safeguard domain names and brands, ensuring that others cannot use similar names to confuse consumers. Copyright laws protect website content, graphics, videos, and software code. Patents may apply to innovative digital technologies or software inventions. It's essential to understand and comply with IP laws to safeguard your digital assets and avoid infringement.

2. Domain Name Regulations:
Domain names are subject to regulations set by domain name registrars and oversight organizations like the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Domain name registration typically involves compliance with registration rules, trademark disputes, and dispute resolution processes. ICANN provides policies and guidelines governing domain name registrations and resolving disputes related to domain ownership.

3. Privacy and Data Protection:
Digital real estate often involves the collection and processing of personal data. Depending on the jurisdiction, businesses must comply with data protection regulations, such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). These regulations dictate how personal data should be collected, stored, processed, and shared, and grant individuals certain rights over their data.

4. E-commerce Laws:
If you engage in online transactions or operate an online store, e-commerce laws may apply. These laws govern aspects such as online contracts, consumer rights, payment processing, refunds, and dispute resolution. Compliance with e-commerce laws helps protect both the business and the consumers involved in digital transactions.

5. Taxation:
Taxation of digital real estate can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the nature of the digital assets. Here are a few key tax considerations:

  • a. Income Tax: Revenue generated from digital real estate, such as website ad revenue, affiliate income, or online sales, may be subject to income tax. Tax obligations can differ based on your business structure (e.g., individual, partnership, corporation) and the tax regulations of the country or state where you operate.

  • b. Sales Tax/VAT: If you sell digital products or services, you may be required to collect and remit sales tax or value-added tax (VAT) based on the customer's location. Tax laws vary across jurisdictions, and businesses need to understand the rules and thresholds that govern their specific circumstances.

  • c. Property Tax: Some jurisdictions levy property taxes on domain names or other digital assets. However, the taxation of intangible digital assets can be complex and often depends on local laws and regulations.

  • d. International Tax Considerations: If your digital real estate spans multiple countries, you may need to navigate international tax regulations, including transfer pricing rules, tax treaties, and withholding tax requirements.

It's important to consult with legal and tax professionals who specialize in digital assets and e-commerce to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and taxation requirements. The specifics can vary significantly depending on your location and the nature of your digital real estate.

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Domain Hijacking:

Domain hijacking refers to the unauthorized transfer of a domain name from its rightful owner to another individual or entity. It occurs when a malicious actor gains access to the domain registrar account or manipulates the domain's registration settings without the owner's consent. Domain hijackers may change the domain's ownership, contact information, or DNS settings, effectively taking control of the domain.

Example of Domain Hijacking:
Let's say Company A owns the domain "" An attacker manages to gain access to Company A's domain registrar account through phishing or hacking techniques. The attacker then modifies the domain's registration details to transfer ownership to themselves or another party. As a result, Company A loses control of their domain, and the attacker can potentially use it for malicious purposes or demand a ransom for its return.


Cybersquatting refers to the act of registering, using, or selling a domain name that is identical or similar to a well-known trademark or brand, with the intention of profiting from the trademark holder's reputation. Cybersquatters often register domain names that are misspellings or variations of popular brands, celebrities, or products. They may attempt to sell the domain back to the trademark owner at an inflated price or use the domain to generate revenue through misleading or unauthorized activities.

Example of Cybersquatting:
Suppose a famous shoe brand, "new Shews," owns the trademark and the domain "" A cybersquatter registers a domain called "," which closely resembles the original brand. The cybersquatter may use this domain to redirect traffic to a competing shoe brand's website or display ads to generate revenue. They might also contact "ABC Shoes" and offer to sell the domain at an exorbitant price, taking advantage of the brand's reputation.

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Similarities to Real Estate:

Domain hijacking and cybersquatting share similarities with real estate in the following ways:

1. Ownership: Just as individuals or businesses own physical properties, they can own digital properties in the form of domain names. Digital properties can have significant value, similar to real estate properties.

2. Valuation: Both real estate and digital properties can be subject to valuation. Desirable domain names or digital assets may have higher market values due to factors like brand recognition, relevance, and traffic potential.

3. Disputes and Legal Actions: Both real estate and digital properties can be subject to disputes and legal actions. In the case of real estate, disputes may arise over ownership, boundaries, or rights. Similarly, domain hijacking and cybersquatting can lead to legal disputes between rightful owners and malicious actors seeking to exploit or profit from the assets.

4. Protection: Property owners in both real estate and digital realms need to take measures to protect their assets. Real estate owners secure their properties through deeds, contracts, and legal safeguards. Similarly, domain owners can protect their digital properties through domain registration, trademark protection, and legal actions against hijackers or cybersquatters.

5. Market Dynamics: Both real estate and digital properties are subject to market dynamics. Factors like demand, scarcity, and location influence the value of both types of assets. In the case of digital properties, domain names that align with popular brands or keywords may be more sought after and have higher market values.

While there are similarities, it's important to note that digital properties operate in a different legal and regulatory environment compared to real estate. They may seem as if they are taxed the same, but there are distinctions. Digital Real Estate has became an upcoming market and will continue in the upcoming years towards 2040. It is important to know what laws and regulations have been established to ensure you don't get yourself in a legal situation that you could lead to you losing your life savings attempting to fight a lawsuit.

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