Feeds

Palm leans on ‘cybersquatter’ who predicts future

Not a case of first-come first-served

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Palm has got heavy-handed in a domain name spat with one of its users.

The dispute stems from the mighty California outfit's announcement earlier this month to start a portal launch called MyPalm. Nothing wrong with that.

Only problem for Palm is that execs decided on the name for the MyPalm portal without bothering to buy the TLD first. When they checked, they found Mypalm.com was already registered to a UK company, Intanet Communications.

Shortly after the announcement Mypalm.com owner Dominic Hulewicz says he received a Cease and Desist order from the US company, branding him a cybersquatter and demanding he surrender the URL at once. The fact that he had registered the name a year before he could have known about Palm's plans (unless he was psychic) didn't worry the untouchable Palm.

"I have never attempted to sell my domain name or solicit any offers for it, so I am stunned that I should be accused of being a cybersquatter when I registered my name 11 months before Palm
announced their portal name," he told The Register.

Hulewicz, who lives in Windsor and uses the domain as an e-mail address for his Palm PDA, says he plans to defend himself. But obviously he is not as big and rich and powerful as Palm, so could fall victim to the courts.

Celebs such as Madonna, Sade and French actress Isabelle Adjani have all won their domains from "cybersquatters" recently via WIPO, even if the original owners said they weren't using them to profit from the artists.

Palm was unavailable for comment. ®

Related Stories

Who the hell does WIPO think it is?
Celebs mince cybersquatters
Madonna wins her domain namesake
AltaVista shames cybersquatter
Bridget Jones wins cybersquatter fight

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all
Enterprise, Windows still power firm's shaky money-maker
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.