Two youth charged with duplicating a website

by Wakili Liam
Christopher Okite Ongoro (left ) and George Omondi Auch when they appeared before the Milimani Law Courts. | Nationa Media Group

George Omondi Auch and Christopher Okite were on Wednesday arraigned before the Milimani Law Courts to face charges of cyber-squatting after creating a duplicate domain of the steel manufacturing company. 

The act is known as cybersquatting and is contained in the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act. Cybersquatting is contrary to section 28 of the aforementioned Act.

The Act prohibits the creation of a business name, trademark, domain name or phrase used by another person on the internet without authority or right.

The charge sheet stated that the two committed the offence between January 15 and February 2, this year at unknown place.

If found guilty, the two will be slapped with a fine not exceeding Sh200,000 or sentenced to a jail term not exceeding two years, or both. 

The police had claimed that the IT graduates were counterfeiting trade mark with plans to obtain money by false pretense. 

The two were released after posting cash bail of Sh100,000 each with the date for mentioning the case set for June 3, 2022.

What is Cybersquatting?

Cybersquatting is the practice of registering names, especially well-known company or brand names, as Internet domains, in the hope of reselling them at a profit.

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