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Apple Files Complaint Over iPhone Porn Domains

November 4, 2011

Apple Inc. has filed a complaint with the WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization over seven domain names that include the word “iPhone” but forward to a mobile porn service, Domain Name Wire reported on Thursday.

The domain names include: iphonecamforce.com, iphonecam4s.com, iphoneporn4s.com, iphonesex4s.com, iphonexxxforce.com, iphone4s.com and porn4iphones.com

The owners of these sites are unknown, as the domain names are protected by a privacy service protecting their “Whois” information.  (The Whois protocol stores the contact information for domain names).

One of the seven domains targeted in Apple´s complaint — iphone4s.com — was originally registered in August of 2008, more than three years before Apple launched its iPhone 4S handset. 

The domain name for Apple’s previous iPhone model, the iPhone 4, is iphone4.com, and is owned by Apple.  However, iphone3gs.com and iphone3g.com both forward to non-Apple sites.

Other domains involved in Apple´s complaint include “iphonecamforce,” “iphonecam4s,” and “porn4iphones”, Domain Name Wire reported.

WIPO is an agency of the United Nations, which, along with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), develops rules for resolving domain name ownership disputes in a process called the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy, which applies to top-level domains such as .com, .net, and org.

Apple´s current complaint is not the first time the company has turned to the WIPO to resolve issues of infringing domain names.  In July, WIPO ordered that the domain name ipods.com be turned over to Apple.  The site currently forwards to Apple’s official iPod page.

In May, Apple won the rights to the apple-downloads.com and apple-oem.com domain names.  In March, Apple also successfully obtained the domain names appleoslion.com, appleosxlion.com, macoslion.com, macosxleo.com, macosxleon.com, and macosxlion.com.  Last year, it was awarded the appl.com and aplle.com domains.

At other times, Apple has simply purchased domain names it wants to use for new products.   Earlier this year, for instance, Apple bought icloud.com from Swedish cloud computing company Xcerion for an estimated $4.5 million, according to media reports.

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Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports



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