Apple Wins Dispute Over iPods.com Domain

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ordered on Wednesday that the iPods.com domain name be transferred to Apple from parking site holder MP3Gold.com.

Apple filed an official complaint with WIPO at the end of May, on grounds of trademark infringement. The complaint sparked interest in the public eye as to why the iPod manufacturer chose to wait nine years after the launch of the media player to go after the domain name.

This complaint comes after a number of other domain name conflicts for Apple, which tends to pay large sums of money to overtake desirable domains, a strategy that has cost the company millions in the past. Earlier this year, Apple reportedly shelled out $4.5 million to acquire the iCloud domain. And in 2007, it purchased iPhone.com from businessman and domain profiteer Michael Kovatch for at least $1 million, according to a number of reports.

Having landed such a quick victory in this case, Apple may choose to take advantage of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) more often, instead of forking over loads of cash to domain squatters. After all, there are a number of domain names that the company still does not own, including iPad.com, iPads.com, iPhones.com and Macs.com, among others.

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