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Nintendo: Defeat in WiiU Domainwar

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Nintendo: Defeat in WiiU Domainwar

Nintendo was in court recently hoping to achieve a successful transfer of the domain "wiiu.com". As things turned out, the judges have officially declined this claim.

In February, Nintendo already submitted this proposal at the World Intellectual Property Organization and wanted to claim all the rights for the domain "wiiu.com". For now, any reasons for the rejection are unknown, or rather haven't been mentioned yet. Apparently, this domain seems to be in possession of so-called "Cybersquatters" since 2004 - people who purchase domains with the name of well-known products or companies with the aim to sell them for a huge amount of money at a later time, usually during auctions. Though it seems like the Cybersquatters weren't able to know that a product with this specific name was about to be released soon, since we know that the Wii emerged after 2004.

Another really interesting part of this story is that the aforementioned domain was available for purchase in an auction right before Nintendo started the claim proposal, causing the owner of the domain to cancel this public sale. By taking a look at the direct rivals we can see that Sony isn't interested in a domain called "playstation4.com" (yet), but Microsoft already lodged a complaint against the possessor of "xbox1.com" in May.

What do you think about this delicate matter? Is a domainwar necessary or is the website name due to Nintendo?

Source: Complaint Denied: Nintendo loses dispute over WiiU.com domain name [UPDATED] - Fusible

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yeah, heard that a while ago
It is weird a big company like nintendo not being able to get the domain, specially since that website can put the wiiU's users in danger(accounts compromised)


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while I agree it can cause serious issues later, the domain was legally purchased. maybe Nintendo will luck out and be able to obtain it, but it isn't a big deal. playstation.com has been the central Playstation site for how long now? it isn't as likely that there will be issues there. And why is Microsoft so concerned about xbox1.com since xbox.com has been the official site the last 2 consoles? that I don't understand. but as far as Nintendo goes, they have been using Nintendo.com for ages and every product is only found there. the only exception is wii.com which redirects you to Nintendo.com. this could be why they lost. Nintendo should grow up and stop trying to go to court over a site. they need to focus more on making better content and experiences.
As for Microsoft, im not too supprised there trying to do something stupid like that since there working on changing everything and even tried to screw their xbox users with the xbox one.
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