updated 01:50 pm EST, Tue January 12, 2010
Denies redirecting to Apple competitors
A former owner of 16 web domains, which have since transferred to Apple, has issued a public statement on allegations of cybersquatting. Daniel Bijan claims that he bought macbookpro.com as he was investigating the domain business, and that "being fairly naive," he decided to continue buying domains given the absence of a cease-and-desist request from Apple. With most he is said to have set up websites selling Apple products, for instance through eBay's affiliate program.
Bijan denies redirecting traffic to Apple's competition, as alleged in the ICANN complaint. The statement also avoids the topic of why no official response was delivered in the dispute, which could potentially have kept some of the domains out of Apple's grip. The company was instead able to claim victory by default. MacNN has contacted Bijan for an elaboration.