Apparently, there’s a new bill in Congress designed to amend the Trademark Act of 1946 by requiring stiff penalties for willful violation of copyrights. In this case, “willful” is defined as providing false identification to your domain registrar.
Talk about damned if you do and damned if you don’t! That means that I either have to give my real full name, address and phone number to register my domain (which can be easily displayed by anyone with a simple whois) or make damned certain I don’t accidentally use a copyrighted phrase or image. The penalty for making that kind of “willful” mistake? Up to a $150,000 fine.