Apple files complaint against iPhone 4S-named porn domains

According to Domain Name Wire, Apple has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Forum against 7 porn sites that include iPhone 4S in their domain name, including iPhone4S.com (!) which currently redirects to "Free Naughty for Mobile".

And really, you have to ask yourself why Apple didn’t proactively get that domain name before releasing the product. It was registered in August 2008, so someone else had the foresight to follow Apple’s naming conventions.

Indeed. Hopefully iPhone5S through iPhone 500S are now all safely registered by Apple's agents.

Source: Domain Name Wire

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Apple files complaint against iPhone 4S-named porn domains

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If this claim goes through there needs to be some investigation into the money apple throws around when it comes to these suits. Because whoever owns the domain name has owned it nearly as long as the original iPhone has been around and they have no claim to The domain. For all we know iPhone4s stands for I phone for sluts lol.

HAHAHA. Would have never thought to go to that domain. TIPB, no purpose of putting the domain name out there and giving them free press. There domain owner is now thanking you.
Apple will win this easily, site will be down in 1-3 months.

How and why should apple win this? For one they owned the domain since 2008 not like they hacked the official site its just good planning on their part. Secondly its like suing weird al for like a surgeon, or a porn movie being called star whores. Apple screwed the pooch by not securing the domain name, the owner has done nothing wrong.

Perhaps Apple shouldn't win, but they will. Precedents on this page show favor in disputes towards those who have a commonly understood specific trademark over somebody who was there first, and just the bigger guy (China's official state news agency, Xinhua, owns taiwan.com, despite not operating in Taiwan, or, well, the efforts of anybody public or private in Taiwan).
Rightly or wrongly, Apple wins on both the trademark issue and the bigger-guy-issue. If I owned the domain, I would be offering to sell it rather than pay for a court case I know I would lose.

Exactly @Dev. Owning the trademark Iphone 4s and the legal team of apple won't allow a porn directory capitalize on traffic, etc. Who would like to spend there own money being sued by Apple.
They will sell the domain to Apple most likely soon. No one is that stupid to go to war against 1 of the worlds richest companies

How and why should apple win this? For one they owned the domain since 2008 not like they hacked the official site its just good planning on their part. Secondly its like suing weird al for like a surgeon, or a porn movie being called star whores. Apple screwed the pooch by not securing the domain name, the owner has done nothing wrong.

Yup, Apple messed up by not securing these names much, much earlier. It would have been a lot cheaper than paying off these companies, or the legal fees to quash them.
If they go to court, Apple will likely win -- the closest precedent is probably candyland.com, which was originally an adult site until Hasbro sued.

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Just did a simple WHOIS search on iphone4s.com
It was originally registered in 2008, before the 3G[s] was released.
We don't really have much to go on with this story, like how long Apple was trying to get the domain name or the attitude of the group that currently owns the domain name.

"...you have to ask yourself why Apple didn’t proactively get that domain name before releasing the product. It was registered in August 2008, so someone else had the foresight to follow Apple’s naming conventions."

What naming conventions? No iPhone had an "S" it its name in August of 2008. Why assume Apple knew their third-gen iPhone, or any future iPhone models, would have "S" in their names a year beforehand, and would know to buy their domains? The porn site bought this domain a year before the 3GS.
Should Apple be buying more domains right now for products they haven't even thought of yet? Get real.

I doubt it was foresight; more likely the company just registered the plural form of iphone, thought to register it a few generation numbers out, and got lucky that Apple called a revision the iphone4s.
Still, Apple should have snapped up both the singular and plural names.

"Still, Apple should have snapped up both the singular and plural names.

Why? How does that keep someone else from using 4S?

The plural of iphone4 is iphone4s. A valid pluralization of iphone4.com is therefore iphone4s.com, and one could easily see why a domain parker might want to snatch it. A $50 domain registration seems a small price to secure a this common plural form of your flagship product; the fact that it also would protect you against your future "4S" naming convention is just gravy.