You’ve done it. I’ve done it. Who hasn’t accidentally typoed a URL in a browser’s address field? And some people, knowing the penchant for accidental submissions, buy up domains that are one letter off from the official site name.
At best, this is annoying. At worst, it can plague the internet with junk sites designed to infect computers or scam people out of their money.
Well no more, says Twitter, at least not for “twiter.com.” (Note the missing third “t.”) Citing trademark infringement, the company filed a cybersquatting complaint through the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy at ICANN’s World Intellectual Property Organization.
It seems like the company has a clear-cut case, especially given the way that the squatter designed the page.
Look familiar? The website address redirects to a page on http://tquizprizes.com that’s designed to fool people into thinking it’s an official Twitter page. Tech-savvy users may notice what’s going on, but it’s a sure bet that plenty of others won’t. What’s worse is that the site charges a fee for participation in the “survey.”
This should be an open-and-shut case, except for one pesky thing: The URL was registered in 2004. Twitter didn’t launch until 2006. While that alone could make it tough for Twitter to prove intent, there is one compelling aspect here. The domain actually changed hands a few times, with the most recent exchange of ownership being last April. That means the impostor had plenty of time to rip off the company’s design after the service debuted.
I don’t typically root for big companies over the little guys, but this is different. I hope they shut this lowlife down.
[via The Register]