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'Brandjacking' on the Web

A new study by MarkMonitor finds that cybersquatting and other abuses against big companies with well-known brands are on the rise

If ever there were two companies with more different lines of business, they would have to be InterContinental Hotel Group and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Both are the corporate parent of household names. WWE (WWE) is the $400 million (fiscal 2006 sales) producer of professional wrestling exhibitions and TV shows like Smackdown whose stable of stars includes Undertaker, Chris Benoit, and Rey Mysterio. InterContinental (IHG) is the Britain-based $1.9 billion (2006 sales) hotelier, which owns such storied brands as Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza.