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Apple wins dispute over, domain name ordered transferred

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Updated August 1, 2011:  The full administrative panel decision has been posted online.


WIPO Panelist David Cairns has ruled in favor of Apple in a dispute over the domain name

Apple filed the complaint at the end of May with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Although the company is known for paying millions of dollars for domain names, sometimes months after launching a product, it may be adopting a different approach by following the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the UDRP), which costs thousands not millions when it’s successful for a complainant.  

In the case of which captured technology news headlines, the company reportedly paid $4.5 million in late April for ownership of the domain name (along with others) from Swedish cloud computing company Xcerion, shortly before officially launching the service. 

But the days of Apple purchasing domain names for seven figures, like it did for from businessman Michael Kovatch months after it released the iPhone, might be gone.

Full details of the ruling in case no. D2011-0929 have not been posted yet, which would explain what led Panelist David Cairns to the decision of ordering to be transferred to Apple.  

The decision was just issued this past Friday, on July 29, according to WIPO’s website.  When the full decision becomes available online, I will update this post.

Depending on the reasoning, this decision could prompt Apple to file dozens of disputes over web addresses it still doesn’t own such as,,,, and countless more.

Earlier this month, Apple acquired the domains and for an undisclosed amount.

Discussion: Apple Insider, Chron.Com / TechBlog, iPodNN,, 9to5Mac, Network World, The Inquirer, Mashable, Geeky Gadgets, the Sociable and Techmeme

(Photo of iPod Shuffle Second Generation via Wikipedia)

12 replies on “Apple wins dispute over, domain name ordered transferred”

They will have a HARD time winning via WIPO/UDRP IMO! They will have to pay up for that one. yes, I could see them winning that, since it has displayed Apple ads in the past and was recently sold at Sedo.

I’m pretty sure UDRP only applies if they can prove they owned copyright before the site was registered – the examples of the multi-million purchases you gave were owned by other people before the products existed – eg iCloud and iPhone. has clearly been registered after the iPod range was launched – that’s the only reason they have a case. They’re not changing policy, just taking the correct route for this scenario.

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