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Twitter is going after another typo domain: (with an extra ‘t’)

The dispute submitted by Twitter Inc over the typo domain (with an extra ‘t’), comes on the heels of Twitter’s win this month in a similar complaint against the typo domain

WIPO Case D2011-1973 was filed this week with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

In the case of, the owner is using a popular scam, like the one used by of luring unsuspecting users to a site that looks confusingly similar to the official Twitter site (as shown in the picture above). 

The user is guided through a series of questions that attempts to gather personal information by promising free gifts like an iPad 2. 

Today, the full administrative panel decision was posted in the case of, which involved Twitter, Inc (the complainant) vs. Geigo, Inc of Albrook Park, Panama (the respondent). 

According to the factual background, prior to filing its complaint, Twitter sent several cease-and-desist letters to Geigo, but received no reply.  

Twitter finally reached a Geigo Inc. rep by telephone, who confirmed that they would not transfer the disputed domain name but would consider altering the content at the website.

This apparently, never happened.

Twitter demonstrated confusing similarity, that Geigo lacked rights or a legitimate interest in the domain, and that it was registered in bad faith, which might surprise some readers since the domain was first registered in 2004. 

Here’s what the panel had to say on the point of ‘bad faith’: “Had Respondent made the initial registration in 2004 and maintained ownership through 2011 the Panel would likely have reached a different outcome about Respondent’s having registered the disputed domain name in bad faith. But Respondent has not even alleged that it or an affiliate owned the disputed domain name continuously since 2004, and has offered no proof (indeed no allegation) that it is or was affiliated with any prior owner. The available evidence, not contested by Respondent, shows another owner as late as March 2011.” (extra ‘t’) is currently registered to Goldberg Client Services, Inc. according to WHOIS records (privacy has been removed as of yesterday).  The domain was initially registered by its first owner in 2007.

Given the track record of WIPO with Twitter, will likely be ordered transferred.

You can read through all the details of the decision in Twitter’s latest win here.

[Update 2 on January 26, 2012:  The WIPO Panel has ordered <> to be transferred to Twitter Inc.  Details of the decision are available here.]

[Update 1 on November 15, 2011,:  Robin Wauters of TechCrunch pointed out that Twitter has filed a separate complaint (WIPO Case D2011-1992) over]

Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch

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Toys “R” Us, which acquired the internet domain in 2009, files dispute for nearly two dozen domain names

Geoffrey the Giraffe

Geoffrey, LLC, the company that owns and operates Toys”R”Us has filed a domain dispute over nearly two dozen domain names with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization. 

The disputed domains, which use the “R” Us mark at the end of the web address, cover a wide variety of products and services ranging from insurance, to attorneys, even to tattoos.  

Geoffrey LLC has won disputes in the past over domain names that clearly involved cybersquatting.  Names such as:,,, and  However, the company hasn’t been so lucky when the domain names being disputed, weren’t outright abusive registrations. 

In 2006, the company lost a dispute at WIPO over and, after the panel found that the dispute was more appropriate for the courts rather than UDRP, which it stated is intended for the narrow class of cases involving cybersquatters.

The domain names named in the latest dispute include:

Toys “R” Us and domain names

Toys “R” Us made internet headlines when it purchased the domain name for $5.1 Million at auction in 2009, beating out National A-1 in a competitive auction that went back and forth for hours, according to TechCrunch.

The purchase of, secured the domain name a spot in the top 10 domain sales of all time according to, which keeps track of the Top 500 sales in history.

Today, is a separate website from the Toys “R” Us site and is used to post a wide range of unadvertised and exclusive deals, not found anywhere on the Toys “R” Us network of internet properties.

According to news sources, Toys “R” Us is planning to go public sometime later this year.

Disputes News WIPO — The case of celebrity domain names and legal disputes

Charlie Sheen

The Charlie Sheen drama that has been all over the media, no doubt, is creating interest online, which naturally means that people are typing in the web address,, on the internet.  In January 2011, the same month Charlie Sheen was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by paramedics, the domain name saw a spike in visitor traffic according to, an online service that provides free information for websites. 

So, what’s going on with possibly one of the hottest domain names of the moment? 

I haven’t seen any other news sites or blogs cover this story and there is a whole lot of backstory, not only on the domain name itself, but on the owner, who has a taste for great domain names, including celebrity domains like

Here’s a look at the domain, and some related stories that have sprang up in the past week as a reaction to Charlie Sheen’s venture online with Twitter and more.

The domain name:

The plain and simple answer to what’s up with the domain name is that there is no website online, just a HTTP 404 Not Found web page.  Charlie Sheen also doesn’t own the right to the domain:, a person by the name of “Jeff Burgar” of the company “Alberta Hot Rods” is the registrant according to Whois records provided by DomainTools.   The very same Jeff Burgar of “Alberta Hot Rods” who owns some great domains, like,,,, as well as over 1,000 more domain names including, yes,

The owner: Jeff Burgar of Alberta Hot Rods and domain disputes

The owner, is also the very same “Jeff Burgar” of “Alberta Hot Rods” who has had to respond to a number of domain disputes at WIPO, most of which involved high-profile celebrity domain names he registered in the nineties, and most of which were lost and transferred to the complainant. 

Cases have involved Pamela Anderson who won, Ashley Judd who won – the list goes on and on – (transferred), (transferred), (transferred), (transferred), (transferred), (transferred), and (transferred).  For a look at all the cases involving “Alberta Hot Rods”, go here and type “Alberta Hot Rods” in the Named Respondent search field.

But Jeff’s Alberta Hot Rods was successful in a few domain disputes.  The case of the common first name domain,, saw the complainant denied. was denied to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  And the complainant for was denied the name.

The re-direct and website:

Take a jump in’s Wayback Machine, and the name re-directed at one point to the website, (also offline), which served as a fan network starting back in 1996 which included a directory of celebrity websites ranging from David Haselhoff to Demi Moore., is also owned by Jeff Burgar to this day.  And the site has been named in several decisions around “registration and use in bad faith” handed down by WIPO after complainants like Pamela Anderson, pointed out the site was misleading to internet users, and celebrity domains had been stockpiled and used to further the fan network of and its advertising revneues.

Interestingly enough, (which is privately registered) redirects to, the World Intellectual Property Organization.  I can’t say whether the same Jeff Burgar who owns owns, but it’s certainly an interesting use of a name.

The fate of the domain name:

While Charlie Sheen hasn’t filed a domain dispute over the name at this point, if it ends up in a legal dispute before a panel of WIPO decision-makers, it’s all but certain that will be transferred to Charlie Sheen.

Recap of Charlie Sheen online

Here’s a quick recap of stories related to Charlie Sheen now to taking to the internet with his antics.

Twitter: Since joining Twitter on March 1, 2011, Charlie Sheen who tweets using the name @charliesheen, has nearly 2 million followers at the time of this story.  Guinness World Records  announced he set a new record for fastest time to 1 million followers, which he achieved in just 25 hours and 17 minutes.

– Prank: for $275,000:  A person posted a video of himself fooling his friend into believing that he registered for $12, then tricking him into thinking they’re selling it for $275,000.  Watch how it unfolds.

Disputes News WIPO turned over to Twitter, after domain dispute filed back in Dec. ’10

Twitter Search

Back in Dec. 2010, Twitter Inc. filed a case against the owner of the domain with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization.  As TechCrunch first reported, the UDRP complaint was the first ever since the company was founded.

The disputed domain is now registered to Twitter Inc, according to the latest Whois information and data provided by DomainTools.  News of the ownership change has not been reported by any other blog or news site.

The web address continues to resolve to a GoDaddy parked page as it had before the UDRP complaint.

The UDRP complaint, case number D2010-2073, is still active with WIPO.  And though no decision has been officially announced by WIPO as of today, the registrant is now Twitter, Inc. 

Will Twitter go after more Twitter domains?

While Twitter hasn’t filed any new cases with WIPO, it’s possible that some degree of precedence has been set on twitter domains. 

Robin Wauters suggested that might be the next disputed domain, but my money is on According to a rough estimate by Compete, receives just as much type-in traffic (often more) than 

And the owner of the domain, even has a For Sale page online suggesting the domain is available for purchase.


WIPO proceedings over suspended, domain now registered to RIM

Blackberry Playbook Tablet

Last month, Research In Motion filed a complaint with WIPO over, a domain name that was first registered over 1 year ago on January 24, 2010. 

While details haven’t been released, it appears both parties have reached a settlement.  The case has been suspended at WIPO and as of yesterday, the domain name re-directs to the Playbook Tablet page on the Blackberry web site. 

And, as of Thursday, Feb. 10, the domain name is now registered to Research In Motion Limited according to Whois records.

Although RIM has had to file literally dozens of complaints over the years at WIPO in order to win web addresses that are clearly abusive registrations, the company does own and  But despite RIM expecting to be a major player in the tablet market, it doesn’t own all the domain names that could potentially help its online marketing even further.  Perhaps the best name for its tablet product,, is operated by Playbook Publications which runs a web site for sports handicapper Marc Lawrence.

The Blackberry Playbook is rumored to be launched some time next month or at the latest, by April.