Microsoft owns domain "windowssucks.com"

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  1. 7seven7 macrumors newbie

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    I thought it was pretty funny. Going to http://www.windowssucks.com/ redirects to a Bing search for "windows sucks". I checked the whois, and Microsoft does indeed own windowssucks.com. If only it redirected to their Vista page :D
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    lol i can see why they would buy it as they dont want someone outside their control owning it
     
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    That's funny. They know what names they need to take before someone does.:) When you are making some products which leverage their market share in spite of their product qualities, I fully understand those names are taken.
     
  5. 7seven7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The dude owns "f***apple.com" yet that "for sale" page was clearly made in iWeb.
     
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    I think my favourite would be Microsuck. Hahaa
     
  8. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Hahaha! Microsuck, that's halarious. :D
    Now if only Apple owned that domain... :p
     
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    The page's source code confirms it:

     
  11. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    This is it exactly. Companies routinely try inappropriately controlling criticism of their products by suing the critics for trademark violations, and courts (6th and 9th federal circuits) have slapped such companies down, correctly noting that a site called BobsWidgetsSuck is not confusingly similar to BobsWidgets, and no one in his right mind would think Bob created or endorsed the site.

    All Bob can do is purchase BobsWidgetsSuck ahead of time himself and sit on it, which a lot of companies do these days. If Bob is well-known enough, he can likely rely on domain squatters to buy the domain and sit on it, which accomplishes the same thing.

    The squatters are actually playing a pretty dumb game. They think Bob is going to be so desperate to keep somebody else from using BobsWidgetsSuck that he'll pay an exorbitant price to own it himself. The only problem is that in order to cash in the squatter must charge everybody the exorbitant price; otherwise, Bob will just give a friend money to buy the domain at the non-extortionate rate and hand it over. It's rare your product can generate enough hate that somebody is willing to pay the squatter's price to get the "sucks" domain of it, so the squatter is unwittingly protecting you on his own dime just like if you bought the name yourself.
     
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    Well they have to own it otherwise someone else might buy it, then it gets messy. This is too understandable for words!
     
  13. ghall macrumors 68040

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    This gets me thinking...I should buy 'ghallsucks.com' before anyone else. I have a reputation to uphold. :p
     
  14. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Any smart company will buy names like that. I bought them for the last 2 companies I worked for.
     
  15. Wolf Gang macrumors newbie

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    Lol. That is pretty amusing. They do that so someone else doesn't get their hands on it.
     
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    Maybe because he knows there's some loser out there that would pay a lot for the domain?

    Personally, I have better things to do with my $10 a year.
     
  18. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    I nearly died laughing, but it IS true! :D
     

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