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Apple successfully takes iPods.com

updated 11:45 am EDT, Sun July 31, 2011

Apple gets iPods domain after dispute

Apple has won the upper hand in its dispute over iPods.com this weekend with a World Intellectual Property Organization ruling granting it control of the domain. WIPO panelist David Cairns has ordered that parking site holder MP3Gold.com give the domain over. Details of the justification weren't available as of Sunday.

The move is one of the few in recent memory where Apple has used legal measures to get a domain. Even as recently as its acquisitionof iCloud.com, the company has usually turned to buying the addresses instead. It bought iPhone.com shortly after its original model reached the market and also snapped up iPhone4.com and WhiteiPhone.com just days ago.

Several obvious domains remain in the hands of other companies, including iPad.com, iPhone5.com, Macs.com and others that are again mostly left to parking sites. Apple hasn't revealed its intent but, with the more recent action, may be keen to get more. [via Fusible]




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  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    If all else fails

    Just use legal bullying to get what you want...It really seems Apple is no different that MS or any other big business.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    So suppose...

    ... someone decides to register a domain for a money-making trademark/ brand you own. Not apple, ms or anyone else - you. A concrete example. McLamewing or some such product has made you a steady revenue stream, and you can't call yourself that one the web now, because someone else woke up earlier than you one day. What means would you use to make sure you were able to use your own trademark as a domain? Do you ignore them? Cave and pay? Exercise your rights under the law?
    Even on its face, I'm not sure where legal bullying comes in. Legal bullying usually involves threatening with no possible tenable decision - here Apple went to the relevant authorities and they ruled in their favor. it would appear MP3gold was given a forum to plead their side, and it would appear they lost. If you mean Apple has more money than MP3gold and therefore it's not a fair fight, then maybe MP3gold needs to pick their adversaries more carefully. They certainly knew they would face Apple at some point, perhaps next time they'll have a slightly more nuanced plan than that of the underpants gnomes.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Just for the record

    The courts would not even have considered the case if Apple couldn't have shown that a) they made reasonable attempts to obtain the name by buying it from the domain holder and b) that the domain holder refused to release the name because they are *specifically trading* on the name recognition to promote themselves.

    Soooo LAMEwing once again proves his name and has, as usual, no idea what he's talking about. He's consistent, I'll give him that much ...

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    In a related story.......

    drinkmorecoke.com and eatmorecheetos.com are both still available.

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