Apple this week won control of 16 domain names, including iphonecheap.com and macbookpro.com, from Daniel Bijan, a self-described “mega producer, singer, entrepreneur” who didn’t bother to respond to the complaint Apple filed with the ICANN UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy). Since Apple owns trademarks on the product names Mr. Bijan was using in his domain names, it was easy for the company to argue that his use of them could cause customer confusion.
According to The Washington Post, Apple accused Mr. Bijan of using the domains in “bad faith” because they forwarded to pages featuring products that compete with Apple’s products. The domains were registered between 2006 and 2009. A cursory check of a few of the domain names shows that they either fail to connect to a server or land on placeholder pages with links to related web sites.
The list of 16 domains: