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According to DNJournal youtupe.com recently sold for $25,000 (http://www.dnjournal.com/domainsales.htm). How did this happen, isn't it cybersquatting on YouTube?..

Comments (13)

Anything can happen if the TM holder permits it. There is no such thing as the TM police who come-a-knockin' on your door. The TM holder has to take action and spend the $$$ to protect themselves. Plus, how many domain names are out there? a TM holder can't look at each and every one to make sure thier TM isn't being violated...

Comment #1

Yes TM issue but many are willing to take the chance. If you look at a lot of top company and individual portfolios they are filled with Trademark Typos. It's rare to actually find a domainer that DOESN'T have them. Even I have a few...they earn so much it's hard to resist. A great typo can earn hundreds or even thousands per day...

Comment #2

That does not look like an obvious typo to me..

Comment #3

Yeah but look at the placement of the B on the keyboard as opposed to the P I was wondering if this would get any traffic at all, but I'm assuming they had stats along with the sale to get that kind of money for it...

Comment #4

How often does it happen that someone actually gets spanked for cybersquatting?..

Comment #5

I honestly think it's just a smart move by the person who registered for youtupe.com. I would be surprised if Youtube did anything about it, esp. because there's a difference between youtube and youtupe. Doesn't look like a typo to me, I don't think I've ever typed "youtupe" until right now...

Comment #6

So does every domain that starts with YOU become a TM issue now, where does it end? Hate cyber squatting just as much as the next person, but YOUVIDEOS? is that TM as well, if thats the case only a matter of time before 90% of the domains out there are conflicting.....

Comment #7

Agreed kind of like the people who think iDomains are ripping from Apple.....

Comment #8

I thought that this was cybersquatting not only because it is only one letter off, but also because of the phonetics of it...

Comment #9

Folks, what was the first thing you thought of when you heard/read "youtupe.com" ?

The parking page that is currently up right now is dominantly filled with "Video" and "Movie" advertisements.

Whois History: 60 records have been archived since 2006-07-01.

This one doesn't pass the "smell test" for me.

-Allan..

Comment #10

I get what you're saying IAmAllanShore. Like if youtupe.com was a site selling shower curtains then it's not necessarily trying to profit from Youtube...ok it makes sense...

Comment #11

What's a tupe ? Can't even type that word on my iPhone without getting corrected over and over by the auto spell checker. Complete waste of money. Google will be on to the new owners in no time...

Comment #12

I will disagree. This is not about the "you", it is the domain as a whole. Plus, concider the usage, then it is obvious what the domain owner is trying to do, and that is why there are people who are looking to fight the domainer...

Comment #13


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