Internet browsing for most of us consists of typing the URL of a website into the browser’s address bar and waiting for the DNS (Domain Name System) to retrieve information in order to load the relevant page. However, typing without autocorrect (and more than often with) leads to somewhat unpredictable results and often we end up on a page we didn’t intend for.
Using advantage of this tendency, s number of people register domain names similar to the names of famous websites and brands in order to profit from the unintended ad revenue. This is known as cybersquatting.
iPhone5.com before Apple seized it
Registered in 2008 before apple had even launched the product, the owners claimed it was an online bulletin site for the purpose of entertainment and knowledge. Apple, however, disagreed and sought to shut it down on the grounds that it was their intellectual property. In 2012, ICAAN the central body for regulating domain name disputes ruled in Apple’s favour.
Screenshot of MikeRowSoft.com
In the early 2000s Microsoft tried to sue then high school student Mike Rowe on charges of cybersquatting for the phonetically similar website. MikeRoweSoft.com. The case received national attention with Microsoft receiving most of the backlash. It was eventually settled out of court.
earthle (redirected from groovle.com)
In 2009, Google tried and failed to sue owners of Groovle.com for registering a “confusingly similar name” to that of a highly publicised search engine and trying to profit of it in bad faith. However the ICANN body did not find the name to be confusingly similar and dismissed the case. The website today redirects to earthle.com showcasing a search engine similar to google’s own blackle.
dellfinancialservices.com as of today
In 2007, Dell filed a lawsuit under US Court of Southern Florida to wrest control to dellfinancialservices.com which was not under their purview. However the website still appears to be operational.
Cybersquatting even affects real people as evidenced by NetNames who bought leonalewis.com and sold it on ebay when the X-Factor singer shot to fame.
The cell phone service provider sued and won rights to a number of domain names like myverizonwireless.com, iphoneverizonplans.com and verizon-cellular.com as well as $33M in damages.
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