Apple Computer has won a legal dispute to force a U.K. company
it accused of cybersquatting to hand over the domain ownership for the
iTunes.co.uk Web address.
Apple issued proceedings against CyberBritain in December of last year through domain registrar Nominet UK, claiming that ownership of the domain should be transferred to Apple because it holds the iTunes trademark.
CyberBritain CEO Benjamin Cohen
accused Apple of bullying tactics and said he had registered the
iTunes.co.uk domain a month before Apple's trademark application was
published, back in December 2000, and some three years before its
online music download service launched.
Cohen maintains that his motives for registering the domain were
innocent and that he turned down a cash offer from Apple for the
domain, as it could have been interpreted as intent to profit from
But the Nominet dispute resolution service has ruled in favor of Apple,
ordering CyberBritain to hand over the iTunes.co.uk domain.
Cohen said he is currently considering his next move, which may be an
appeal either directly to Nominet or to Britain's High Court. Until the
appeal, Cohen said he will continue to use the domain as a redirect to
his own company's shopping Web site.
Andy McCue of Silicon.com reported from London.