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I'd say ... Oh dayum Sammy sucks to be you ..... now pay up. biggrin.gif
And that goes to any BIG company that doesn't take care of their business properly , i put emphasis on BIG , because it's not like Apple can't afford it.
Apple should have secure that domain first but since they didn't they should buy it out or move on.

They should only pay up the fee that the owner of the domain paid at first to register the domain, but nothing else. If not, it would set precedence and everybody would go directly to register any domain available that had any resemblence with any copyrighted material.

So, no, paying is not an option when some people may have made even a profit using a copyrighted name that wasn't theirs in the first place.

What would you say if somebody created a web called "overclok.net" ? Same principle: a guy using an almost equal name of a known one for its own profit.
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They should only pay up the fee that the owner of the domain paid at first to register the domain, but nothing else. If not, it would set precedence and everybody would go directly to register any domain available that had any resemblence with any copyrighted material.
So, no, paying is not an option when some people may have made even a profit using a copyrighted name that wasn't theirs in the first place.
What would you say if somebody created a web called "overclok.net" ? Same principle: a guy using an almost equal name of a known one for its own profit.

I agree Apple should pay, at the very LEAST, what was originally paid by the site for the domain name.

However that website has been going for a at least a year (Feb 2011 I've seen their posts date back to) If it was a genuine website dedicated to discussing iphones (which it does not appear to be) then I'd say they had a legitimate claim to the name given the amount of time they've been active. Apple can't just say "no, now we're making an iPhone5 you have to give us the site for free" because that's bullcrap. There should be compensation.

However, that doesn't appear to the case here. Looks like they're squatting. Some of the posts on the site mentioned how SOPA and the likes would've allowed Apple to just take that site offline without due cause, etc, glad SOPA failed.
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Maybe it's domain squatting, maybe they wanted to make a website talking about how i phone 5 people. Domains can't have spaces so there's no differentiators between i phone and iphone. The courts can't speculate on the intentions of the domain registration since that's pandora's box right there.

Apple: welcome to the internet, you must be new here.
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Now, if we changed such Apple product with "SamsungGS5.com", what would you say?

I'd say bad luck, better get in quicker next time. I've seen small businesses lose their domains (they expired and the owner doesn't really know much about domain names) to domain registrars like GoDaddy who then sell it back to them at a much higher cost. Is it ethical? No, of course not. But hey, welcome to the domain name industry. gTLDs are barely regulated at all. ccTLDs are often much more strictly controlled.

FWIW, a company I used to work for bought about 80 domains related to their brand. Sure there were plenty left behind, but they were only obscure ones.
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