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On day of iPhone 5 announcement, iPhone5.com sits dark

September 12, 2012apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, iphone5.com, UncategorizedComments Off on On day of iPhone 5 announcement, iPhone5.com sits dark

Apple owns the domain name but does nothing with it.

iPhone5Back in May Apple did something smart: it went after the iPhone5.com domain name well in advance of the launch of the new device.

A week after Apple filed a complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization, the owner of the domain name relinquished control.

The domain name is now owned by Apple and pointing to the apple.com nameservers. Thanks to Apple’s advance work it was primed and ready for today’s big iPhone 5 announcement…

Except it wasn’t.

Right now if you type in iPhone5.com it doesn’t resolve. [Update: as of Wednesday evening the domain name now forwards to Apple.com with a tracking code for Apple to know the visit came from an iPhone5.com type-in.]

All Apple has to do is forward it to iPhone.com. It’s pretty simple.

You see companies miss “little” things like this all the time. But I assumed Apple was on the ball since it worked to obtain the domain name in advance of its launch.

I guess not.


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Apple begins forwarding iPad3.com to its web site — and it’s tracking it, too

July 12, 2012apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, ipad, ipad3.com, UncategorizedComments Off on Apple begins forwarding iPad3.com to its web site — and it’s tracking it, too

Apple smartly measures traffic to recently recovered domain name.

Late last month Apple filed a cybersquatting complaint over the domain name iPad3.com. Shortly after filing the complaint the owner of the domain acquiesced, giving the domain to Apple’s lawyers Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

For a while after the transfer to Apple’s lawyers the domain didn’t resolve at all. Now it forwards to the iPad page on Apple. Here’s the full URL I’m forwarded to when I enter the web address:

https://www.apple.com/ipad/?cid=oas-us-domains-ipad3.com

Notice the tracking code after the question mark? That means Apple is tracking the traffic it gets from this domain. It also means the company can determine what visitors who type in iPad3.com ultimately do at the site. Do they buy an iPad?

This information will help Apple in future domain name enforcement activity.

Tracking visitors from a recovered domain is surprisingly advanced for most companies. It’s amazing how few companies end up forwarding recovered domains to their own web site, let alone the right “part” of the web site. (Here, the iPad page instead of just Apple.com.) Heck, a good percentage of them end up letting recovered domains expire.


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Apple “wins”, but plays whac-a-mole with counterfeiters

December 29, 2011apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & LawComments Off on Apple “wins”, but plays whac-a-mole with counterfeiters

Company wins domain name dispute, but it won’t do the company much good.

Apple has won a domain name dispute against what it alleges to be an outfit selling counterfeit Apple products. But it might have to continue chasing the perpetrators.

In May the company won a domain name dispute for apple-downloads.com and apple-oem.com. The company alleged at the time that both domain names were used to sell what were likely pirated our counterfeit copies of its software.

Fast forward to last week, and the company just won another case against what it thinks is the same perpetrator.

This time the company gets control of applebigdiscount.com, applesdiscount.com, applessales.com and applestorewell.com. The domains are registered to a variety of people, but Apple thinks they’re all the same — and the same group behind the domains it won earlier this year.

The problem for Apple is that some of these domain names were registered immediately after the decision in the first case was handed down. This means that the group behind the registrations is likely to just move on to other domains, and Apple will be forced to file more domain disputes.

It’s a classic game of whac-a-mole, unless Apple figures out the true identity of the registrants and is able to track them down in the courts.


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iPhone Jailbreak Site Files Lawsuit Over Domain Name

August 22, 2011apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, iphone, lawsuits, Policy & Law, trademarkComments Off on iPhone Jailbreak Site Files Lawsuit Over Domain Name

Company behind Cydia app directory files lawsuit.

After losing a dispute under the uniform domain name dispute resolution policy (UDRP) in March, a jailbreak iPhone app store has filed a lawsuit in an effort to get the domain name Cydia.com.

Saurikit, LLC has a directory of apps that work on jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches that it hosts at cydia.saurik.com. It also has a U.S. trademark for “Cydia”.

Earlier this year it filed a UDRP to get Cydia.com. The UDRP panel ruled against Saurikit, noting that the domain name was registered six years before Saurikit started using the name Cydia.

The company’s in rem lawsuit against the Cydia.com domain name alleges that the owner of the domain name changed the content of the page from a parked page to one about Apple products after it contacted him.

Although the lawsuit (pdf) goes through details of the plaintiff’s communications with the domain owner, it strangely omits discussion about its domain name arbitration loss.


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Apple Goes After High Traffic iTunes Typo Domain Names

August 5, 2011apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & Law, world intellectual property forumComments Off on Apple Goes After High Traffic iTunes Typo Domain Names

Apple asks arbitration panel to give it typo domain names.

Apple has filed a dispute with World Intellectual Property Forum over two high traffic typos of iTunes.com.

The complaint covers wwiTunes.com and wwwiTunes.com, both of which take advantage fat fingered web surfers who still insist on typing “www” before domain names.

Compete.com shows that wwwiTunes.com gets thousands of unique typo visitors a month.

Although the domains get traffic, Apple customers can’t do much at iTunes.com itself. It’s basically a site to download the iTunes software, which is then used to access the store.

The domain names are both owned by Alaskan company Grand Slam Co according to whois records. The domains don’t resolve now but have forwarded to an online sportsbook in the past.

This is the fifth case Apple has filed with World Intellectual Property Forum this year. It has won all of the cases, most recently for iPods.com.


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Apple Sues Owner of WhiteiPhone4Now.com, Then Dismisses Case

May 26, 2011apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, lawsuit, Policy & LawComments Off on Apple Sues Owner of WhiteiPhone4Now.com, Then Dismisses Case

Seller of white iPhones sued.

Apple has sued the owner of WhiteiPhone4Now.com (as well as the domain name itself), but then filed to dismiss the case on the same day (pdf).

However, the dismissal is “without prejudice”, meaning it can be refiled. It’s possible Apple was already in settlement talks with the owner or is refiling the case elsewhere.

Apple alleges the owner used the site to sell conversion kits to make the traditionally black iPhone white.

The full conversion kit including front and back panels sold for a whopping $279, which means customers were certainly concerned with their status. (Apple plans to sell white iPhones in the future.)

According to Apple, the domain owner knew he was selling a product emblazoned with the Apple logo but not authorized by Apple.

He stopped using the domain name last Fall when Apple contacted him. The domain is now a parked page.


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Is Apple Entitled to Appl.com?

November 12, 2010apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & Law, udrp, Uncategorized, wipoComments Off on Is Apple Entitled to Appl.com?

Company files complaint over four letter domain name. It’s not the first time.

AppleApple Inc. filed complaints with World Intellectual Property Forum this week over two domain names it feels are typos of Apple.com.

One case is against Appl.com and the other is against apple.com aplle.com.

On the surface it would appear that Appl.com is a generic four character domain name. Yet the pay-per-click ads on the site mention the electronics maker.

Earlier this year Apple filed a similar complaint that included aple.com as well as appl-e.com and apples-stores.com. The company dropped the complaint after the registrant transferred the domain names to Kilpatrick Stockton, which is presumably Apple’s law firm. Yet someone dropped the ball, as the domains aren’t yet forwarding to Apple.com. In fact, aple.com still forwards to a parked page.

But someone at Apple or the law firm knows what he or she is doing. After winning a case for wwwApple.com earlier this year it forwarded it to www.Apple.com — and even inserted code to track the typo visits.


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Forget Cybersquatting. How About App Store Squatting?

September 14, 2010apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, UncategorizedComments Off on Forget Cybersquatting. How About App Store Squatting?

Apple limits time you can reserve app name.

Here’s an interesting article from Cult of Mac about a different type of squatting: app store squatting.

We all know how important it is to have a good domain name. The same goes for your iPhone/iPod/iPad app on iTunes. But did you know you can reserve a name for your iPhone app for ever, blocking other app creators from using it?

Well, until now.

It used to be that you could pay $99 and reserve your app name. Now you need to show that you actually intend to use it or Apple will release the name for someone else. Within 90 days of reserving the name you need to have a binary for the app. If you don’t then you have 30 more days to produce it or the name will be released.

Cult of Mac says you can still easily get around this requirement by creating a crappy, unrelated binary. It’s kind of like with domain names — what exactly qualifies as a “developed” domain name, anyway?


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iGuide for Apple Tablet? Not Likely.

December 29, 2009apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, iguide, islate, UncategorizedComments Off on iGuide for Apple Tablet? Not Likely.

Domain records show Apple connection to iGuide.com unlikely.

If you’re one of the many Apple bloggers out there, your holiday season has been filled with speculation about Apple’s upcoming tablet. The consensus is that will be called iSlate, since Apple has acquired the iSlate.com domain name.

But another possibility is iGuide. MacRumors points to an Apple trademark application for iGuide. Robin Wauters over at TechCrunch did some investigating and comes to a similar conclusion as MacRumors — if anything, iGuide would likely be some sort of related service, not the name of the actual device.

When I saw the rumors about iGuide, I immediately recalled that the domain name iGuide.com had sold recently. Digging through the Domain Name Wire archives, I found this story about iGuide.com selling for $100,000. The whois record at the time showed Beverly Hills based Baroda Ventures LLC as the buyer. (It’s now protected by whois privacy.) I don’t see any connection to Apple, and the current use of the domain name leads me to believe there is none. It forwards to OVGuide.com, another domain owned by a Beverly Hills company at the same address as Baroda Ventures.

If Apple bought the domain name through a shell company, it certainly wouldn’t be forwarding it to an online video guide site.

It’s possible Apple has a product or service planned with the name iGuide, but it doesn’t own iGuide.com.


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Apple Belatedly Gets iPodNano.com Domain Name

November 19, 2009apple, Domaining, Domainnamewire, ipodnano.com, National Arbitration Forum, Policy & Law, udrpComments Off on Apple Belatedly Gets iPodNano.com Domain Name

Better late than never, Apple gets iPodNano.com domain name.

iPod NanoIt took about four years, but Apple has finally gotten its hands on the iPodNano.com domain name.

Apple filed for arbitration with National Arbitration Forum to get the domain name. The owner of the domain name, Fusion Media Ltd., did not respond to the complaint and the arbitrator found in Apple’s favor.

Fusion Media registered the domain name in September 5, 2005, two days before Apple officially introduced the iPod Nano. Some product manager at Apple must have been asleep at the wheel. Apple famously paid through the nose to get the iPhone.com domain name, a name it could have secured prior to launch for much less.

iPodNano.com is the second domain name Apple has won through arbitration this month. Earlier this month it won the domain name iTunes.com.mx, a country code domain name for Mexico.


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