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Mistyped PA address has NSFW redirect

ButlerButler 89 episodes or bustRegistered User regular
Mistyping the address for Penny Arcade - http :// wwwpenny-arcade dot com (misses the first "dot") - redirects to an adult social networking site with NSFW pictures (albeit thumbnails) on the front page. Not sure if there's anything that can be done about this but I thought I should report it anyway.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    pennyarcade.com used to, as well, but I don't know if it stopped because of action by PA or just stopped anyway.

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    Burden of ProofBurden of Proof You three boys picked a beautiful hill to die on. Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    yeah this is pretty hot, thanks

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Aside from first asking the site it's redirecting to to give up the wwwpenny-arcade.com domain (which they won't do), G&T would have to file some kind of copyright infringement action. The fact that the site/company it redirects to isn't actively advertising the wwwpenny-arcade.com link as going to their site though means a victory wouldn't be clear-cut.

    So basically, just be sure you get the period in there. Or, be sure you don't, I'm not one to judge...

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    CyvrosCyvros Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Or just use penny-arcade.com.

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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited July 2009
    Typosquatting

    There are a few options, should you care about it. A C&D is probably a good start.

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2009
    Aside from first asking the site it's redirecting to to give up the wwwpenny-arcade.com domain (which they won't do), G&T would have to file some kind of copyright infringement action. The fact that the site/company it redirects to isn't actively advertising the wwwpenny-arcade.com link as going to their site though means a victory wouldn't be clear-cut.

    So basically, just be sure you get the period in there. Or, be sure you don't, I'm not one to judge...

    Actually that's a trademark violation, and would be fairly easy to get back. Depends on if they want to bother.

    The problem is that these spammers can typosquat because they can essentionally hold onto these domains for free forever by passing the domain around between 3 shell companies, exploiting 'domain tasting' rules.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    It's some random dude in the UK.
    redacted stuff

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited July 2009
    maybe posting his address on a public forum is kind of a dick move

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    AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Yeah. . .some 'random dude'

    I remember the pennyarcade.com thing though. Boy was that a weird thing to explain.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Anyone with a browser can run a whois and find that he has 30 porn domains, but I'll take it out just in case he forgot to spend $6 on whois privacy.

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    RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited July 2009
    Smart Hero wrote: »
    Yeah. . .some 'random dude'

    I remember the pennyarcade.com thing though. Boy was that a weird thing to explain.

    pennyarcade.com dates back almost as far as, if not farther than penny-arcade.com and was not an "adult website" but rather an advertising vehicle for a New York "performance artist", who continues to perform to this day but had to give up her web presence due to too many people arriving by typo.

    http://www.dixonplace.org/html/mondocane.html

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I could have sworn that after that, though, an adult content provider snatched it up.

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Willeth wrote: »
    I could have sworn that after that, though, an adult content provider snatched it up.

    it was in one of the books, wasn't it?

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2009
    FyreWulff wrote: »
    Aside from first asking the site it's redirecting to to give up the wwwpenny-arcade.com domain (which they won't do), G&T would have to file some kind of copyright infringement action. The fact that the site/company it redirects to isn't actively advertising the wwwpenny-arcade.com link as going to their site though means a victory wouldn't be clear-cut.

    So basically, just be sure you get the period in there. Or, be sure you don't, I'm not one to judge...

    Actually that's a trademark violation, and would be fairly easy to get back. Depends on if they want to bother.

    Actually, it's not at all that clear-cut. Generally, you can only get a domain released if they are actively using it to imitate or take market share away from the company for which the trademark belongs. Basically, they'd have to be running a rival webcomic about videogames on the URI for Penny Arcade to have a valid claim. Hence why Penny Arcade have never been sued by a musical transvestite act from New York.

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Antimatter wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    I could have sworn that after that, though, an adult content provider snatched it up.

    it was in one of the books, wasn't it?
    They made mention of it in a newspost too I think.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    FyreWulff wrote: »
    Aside from first asking the site it's redirecting to to give up the wwwpenny-arcade.com domain (which they won't do), G&T would have to file some kind of copyright infringement action. The fact that the site/company it redirects to isn't actively advertising the wwwpenny-arcade.com link as going to their site though means a victory wouldn't be clear-cut.

    So basically, just be sure you get the period in there. Or, be sure you don't, I'm not one to judge...

    Actually that's a trademark violation, and would be fairly easy to get back. Depends on if they want to bother.

    Actually, it's not at all that clear-cut. Generally, you can only get a domain released if they are actively using it to imitate or take market share away from the company for which the trademark belongs. Basically, they'd have to be running a rival webcomic about videogames on the URI for Penny Arcade to have a valid claim. Hence why Penny Arcade have never been sued by a musical transvestite act from New York.
    If they can be proven to be deliberately trading on someone else's IP then it really is that clear-cut. Fox had a case recently against the comedian Keith Malley, who had owned thesimpsonsmovie.com for years before the movie came out, and Fox won it fairly cleanly. He was using it to direct traffic to his podcast, not to an animated family-oriented movie. The only difference was that he had images commissioned of the Simpsons having sex, but oddly enough I don't think that had much bearing on the case.

    Of course, IANAL.

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    PantsBPantsB Fake Thomas Jefferson Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Willeth wrote: »
    I could have sworn that after that, though, an adult content provider snatched it up.

    ISWYDT

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