Sandra Gittlen

Studios spar with cybersquatters over movie domain names

Thomas Harris

If, like legions of movie fans, you wanted to catch a sneak peek at the closed set of ”Hannibal” before its Feb. 9 opening, you might have gone to MGM’s official website – if you knew where to find it. Like other studios, MGM has been forced to become creative in naming sites that promote its movies. In the case of ”Hannibal” – the ”Silence of the Lambs” sequel – the obvious domain was registered to a resident of Hannibal, N.Y. is the home of the Hannibal Courier-Post in Hannibal, Mo.

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