Twitter is going after cyber-squatters who have pitched their tent on the mis-spelled “twiter.com” domain name. Twitter has once again filed a dispute with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the domain.
After filing the first dispute in early June, Twitter is continuing to battle the squatters who have taken twiter.com and skinned it to appear just like Twitter.com.
If you go to “twiter.com” today, you’ll notice that it looks just like Twitter.com – the light blue, puffy clouds in the background, the bubble letters and even a header asking you “What’s Happening?”However, the site is not run by Twitter. Instead, it is run by a company trying to grab personal details by tricking users into thinking that
Twitter is doing a survey with “3 exclusive prizes” upon completion. If you go through the survey, you’ll end up giving away your personal details and it’s unlikely you’ll ever see any such prize.
Despite the blatant attempt by the current owners of “twiter.com” to try to emulate Twitter’s look in order to mislead visitors, the WIPO terminated the original case after allowing Twitter to only seize the “.biz” version of the website.
Twitter has re-filed the case, however, according to a report from Fusible. They’re now focusing on just the “.com” version of the site.
I’m not sure what the WIPO’s reasoning was for rejecting Twitter’s initial claim on the domain name, but I think the company has a solid argument against the cybersquatters. The domain is similar to Twitter’s trademark, and the entire website is modeled after Twitter.com in a clear attempt to mislead visitors into thinking that they arrived on the legitimate site.
What do you think? Is this a black-and-white issue in Twitter’s favor, or is there more to the case than it appears? Let us know in the comments!