Feeds

Fanbois froth as Apple claims 'iPhone5.com' rights

Time to rethink naming scheme, à la 'The new iPad'?

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Apple has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Association against the owners of the domain name "iphone5.com", but devotees of the site to which that name links are not giving up without a fight.

"Call Corporate Of Apple and tell them to stop there persuit!! Blow up there phones, Spam there emails, call there Administration! Do something to get our point across," writes one of the fanboi forum's members, which numbered 364 as of Monday morning.

As pointed out by the news site Fusible, which brought the WIPO complaint to our attention, although Apple has paid in the past for domain names using its trademarked terms, it has more recently chosen to file Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) complaints against alleged infringers rather than shelling out cash.

For example, late last year Apple filed a complaint against a porn purveyor that was using a number of iPhone-related domain names to shunt iPhone-info-seeking users to its wares, housed at the rather less subtly named "freenaughty4mobile.com".

Apple won that round, as it has also won a variety of other complaints against other such domain names, including appleipods.com, ipods.com, appleosxlion.com, and others. Many others.

And such complaints will undoubtedly continue. As Fusible also notes, "Apple doesn't own iPhone6.com, iPhone7.com, iPhone8.com, iPhone9.com, iPhone10.com – you get the idea."

Yes, we do get the idea. Unless Apple drops its iPhone-plus-number naming scheme for its smartphone, as it recently did for "The new iPad", we are going to see a steady stream of such complaints well into the future.

And this complaint? We must agree with one iPhone5.com forum poster, who wrote to the site's owners: "I have been through a WIPO case with a large company and I can tell you for sure, you don't have a chance." ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'
This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links
Not even Google can withstand the power of Auntie
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.