Microsoft files to recover Xbox One domain

Microsoft seeks to reclaim XboxOne.com and XboxOne.net domains from a UK resident.

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Microsoft has started the process to recover the XboxOne.com and XboxOne.net domains, according to a report by Fusible.

The Redmond, Washington, software giant has filed a claim with the National Arbitration Forum, a body that functions similarly to a court, to settle the domain ownership dispute. The claim is being made against a London resident who has owned both the XboxOne.com and XboxOne.net domains since December 2011. Leases on the domains are not due to expire until late 2016.

Proceedings on the case, number 1501205, were commenced on May 23 this year and are currently listed as pending.

Microsoft may have elected to hold off on the motion for the websites prior to announcing its upcoming console’s final name in order to avoid tipping the public off ahead of the device’s unveiling last week.

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Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Damn, evil corporations always win. It seems that they bought both names...

jrmorgan23
jrmorgan23

I just secured xBox1984.com, not joking

chad28_69
chad28_69

they should buy it from him, they have the money.

James111wv
James111wv

He has no claim to the site hes not using it just search AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act or ACPA. 

chronocommander
chronocommander

The Xbox One is an Apple-esque crazy and confusing Ministry of Truth history rewriting attempt renaming scheme (new new iPad anyone - and btw, I love both their products and Android) that MS should have known better than to stick with. At the very least the rumoured Xbox Infinity domain name would have been easier to obtain. I'm surprised MS did not park this domain since the days of the real Xbox 1!

iinfinity
iinfinity

what i dont get is if this guy thought ahead enough to take this website in the beginning, why didnt he think about it enough to put together a simple fan site with enough info on it to look like hes not ''squatting'' ? then wouldent he have more rights to the domain?

mtnjak
mtnjak

By settling this they probably mean that they are going thru legal channels to purchase the domain from London resident.   At least that's my assumption.   

mr_azim
mr_azim

LOL what a genius.  I should start up the Xbox TWO and PS5 websites.

johnny0779
johnny0779

BLURAY IS NOW REGION LOCKED ON XBOX ONE....Well, what else can we expect from the company that is pushing the cloud through your nose. The sad thing is when people think BluRay we think Region Free....but noooo that would be to good to be true with Xbox One. so let's recount the positives and the negatives shall we?:


Pos:

- A semi improved 360 controller.

- A flashy gesture and voice recognition system

Neg:

- A "24 hour internet check" for gaming functionality regarless of multiplayer or NOT.

- Your downloaded games and DLC that you purchased over the years WON'T Play.

- Your Profile would have to be shared if you want to let a friend or family member use your Hard Copy and Downloaded games by doing so the certainty of them ruining your gamer score and gaming library recorded on your profile.

- Your Favorite headset won't work...Microsoft wants you to buy a new one!

- Kinnect is now forced on you on every xbox and you can't deactivate it.

- No way to fully shut off that xbox, unless completely unplugged.

- The Xbox brand represented a Gaming console with multimedia choices, NOW is a Multimedia Box with restricted gaming functionality.

- Indie Developers no longer have the freedom they used to have.

- The box looks like it came through a Time Machine from the 80's and Microsoft wants us to put that in our Living Rooms???

- Microsoft still have the technologically inferior box compared to SONY...might not seem like by much, but faster Memory and Processor equals better games.

- Microsoft putting up restrictions on how you buy and trade your used games...what it used to be a hassle-free process and decision, now it's a nightmare.

- And now for the first time ever, BLURAY IS NOW REGION LOCKED thanks to Microsofts paranoia....so much for the possibility of buying those games that might not make it in your country like we did with the PS3 and most xbox 360 games.


I'm pretty sure the negatives outweigh any positives listed here or the ones you would like to think of....


the choice is clear and your hard earned money will send a message to Microsoft to either support them on a half-ass gaming effort full with restrictions and hassles or if you would want them to know you deserved better as a gamer.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Look, I understand why many of you hate "domain squatters", but why waste your time? They bought it, they own it, and if someone else wants to buy it, they should pay.

wexorian
wexorian

Pay him money A holes or create new web domain name MS don't own that website

flankenstein
flankenstein

What if the domain name is actually Xbo Xone? No copyright infringement there :) 

McTabish
McTabish

I'm not a fan of Domain squatters at all... however, if i buy a piece of land and choose not to develop it, then Asda (or Wallmart for you guys in the USA) come along and say they want to build a supermarket there and they are taking the land off me with no payment or compensation... well, i'm just saying!

TTDog
TTDog

You have to wonder why they didn't buy all the webnames before they announced the name... not rocket science.

HalcyonScarlet
HalcyonScarlet

That's not fair, the guy came up with the names before MS did. They should just pay him off and stop being asses about it.

TheWalkingGhost
TheWalkingGhost

So, I pointed out that this article omitted that the guy is just a squatter and isn't doing anything with the name.....My comment is gone.....

finalkain
finalkain

Why arent they just paying this guy off for the sites instead of dragging it to court? Am I missing something here?

tionmedon
tionmedon

u snooze,u loose,M$ should have protected any various names with xbox,,,,,,,,,fap it......

dude102
dude102

This reminds me of the whole scrolls naming problem but guess who won that one.

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

Well, Microsoft has "XBox" trademarked. Unless this guy was using the site for his business X Boxes for One or something similar, where there is just a coincidental relation because of the lack of spaces, MS has a pretty good case.

It seems like he/she is just sitting on them. I'm guessing there might be a "little" cash go his way (good faith "hey we have to take these but you had 'em first"), but it doesn't look like MS is going to have too much trouble getting those. In fact, since they aren't used they could probably just make him relinquish his ownership straight up.

humanoid_K
humanoid_K

See that happens to a poor Microsoft Fanboy. Now that only serves as an example of what happens when you support M$. Good one. Next.

00J
00J

He really can't own the Domain, once Microsoft puts the court action in place, the guy will have to relinquish the domain, because he owns no part of Microsoft. He's actually using their trademark in the name "Xbox"...

zpluffy
zpluffy

"XBOX" is microsoft's patent, MS would be on a higher ground for this one

OldKye
OldKye

@chad28_69 Microsoft doesn't buy things lol they force your company into bankruptcy but flooding your market at a lower price then you can. Then buy your company(or IP's) from the bank auction afterwards thus giving them control of your assets and market.

Also they are jerks lol.

jrmorgan23
jrmorgan23

@mr_azim I just grabbed xBox1984.com, waiting to be contacted by microsoft. 

neilcottee
neilcottee

@johnny0779

>>>Let me dissect your post please, if I may…..

“BLURAY IS NOW REGION LOCKED ON XBOX ONE....Well, what else can we expect from the company that is pushing the cloud through your nose. The sad thing is when people think BluRay we think Region Free....but noooo that would be to good to be true with Xbox One. so let's recount the positives and the negatives shall we?:”

>>> There is no such thing as Region Free Blu-Ray…see here: http://www.blurayregioncodes.com/

Pos:

>>> That’s “Pros”

- A semi improved 360 controller.

>>> It’s hard to improve on what most gamers consider to be the best controller ever made.

- A flashy gesture and voice recognition system

>>> Kinect tech has me blown away. To call it simply a flashy gesture and voice recognition system, belies the amazing tech that’s gone into it.

Neg:

- A "24 hour internet check" for gaming functionality regarless of multiplayer or NOT.

>>> Doesn’t mean anything to me, but this is your one valid point for those unfortunate to have no internet or when the internet goes down. However, it doesn’t have to check every day (like if you’re away on holiday) it’s only when the system is being used that the 24 hour period check happens.

- Your downloaded games and DLC that you purchased over the years WON'T Play.

>>> Yes they will! On your Xbox 360! This is a NEW system…Get used to it!

- Your Profile would have to be shared if you want to let a friend or family member use your Hard Copy and Downloaded games by doing so the certainty of them ruining your gamer score and gaming library recorded on your profile.

>>> Ruining your gamerscore? What, by not getting achievements? Can’t you get them yourself? Ruining your library? Wtf?

- Your Favorite headset won't work...Microsoft wants you to buy a new one!

>>> the console has a built in Optical port for sound only. Don’t dismiss the possibility of Microsoft or a third party creating an adapter for the new pad’s headset port.

- Kinnect is now forced on you on every xbox and you can't deactivate it.

>>> Wow, a free kinect sensor…sweet! Oh, a well placed tea-cosy can pretty much render the kinect camera blind btw ;)

- No way to fully shut off that xbox, unless completely unplugged.

>>> yes there is. Been confirmed already.

- The Xbox brand represented a Gaming console with multimedia choices, NOW is a Multimedia Box with restricted gaming functionality.

>>> Nope, I think I will let E3 speak for itself. Microsoft have already stated they unveil was always meant to be a broader vision for the future. If you think Xbox One isn’t a gaming machine, just watch E3…then kindly eat your words.

- Indie Developers no longer have the freedom they used to have.

>>> Also confirmed that Microsoft will fully support the indie community.

- The box looks like it came through a Time Machine from the 80's and Microsoft wants us to put that in our Living Rooms???

>>> I like it. However, this is a personal taste thing.

- Microsoft still have the technologically inferior box compared to SONY...might not seem like by much, but faster Memory and Processor equals better games.

>>> Comparing Ram memory by type has no bearing on performance, unless you also consider bus speed. Google it! Also, a custom designed CPU that Microsoft has paid 3 Billion $'s to AMD for. Don't discount this chips unique performance.

- Microsoft putting up restrictions on how you buy and trade your used games...what it used to be a hassle-free process and decision, now it's a nightmare.

>>> A nightmare? It’s not even out yet. Yes, shame on Microsoft for trying to make sure developers get some money for used game sales and supporting the industry.

- And now for the first time ever, BLURAY IS NOW REGION LOCKED thanks to Microsofts paranoia....so much for the possibility of buying those games that might not make it in your country like we did with the PS3 and most xbox 360 games.

>>> As stated previously….There is no such thing as Region Free Blu-Ray…see here: http://www.blurayregioncodes.com/

I'm pretty sure the negatives outweigh any positives listed here or the ones you would like to think of....

the choice is clear and your hard earned money will send a message to Microsoft to either support them on a half-ass gaming effort full with restrictions and hassles or if you would want them to know you deserved better as a gamer.

>>> To be honest, I really can’t see Microsoft messing up here. Everywhere I go I see people pre-ordering the Xbox One. It’s breaking pre-order records at several different stores here in the UK. Of course there are always sony fanboys and naysayers trying to cast doubt and spouting off horsesh*t that simple isn’t true. Personally I can’t wait for Xbox One. Roll on E3 :)

forbiddenmow
forbiddenmow

@FallenOneX

er... squatting is when someone decides to camp in a property you own. given MS don't own the domain, how is this squatting?

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

@McTabish Exactly they are called land squatters.  Just like people who buy the land up around airports knowing that they will expand, just a matter of time!  I have no problem with them at all. Playstation uses playstation.com and thats it, end game, good luck squatting on any future consoles on them. 

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@TheWalkingGhost it doesn't matter what he's doing with it. It's his.  Or is it ok if I demand you to give me your car because you are not using it? domains are bought and sold, and he bought it before MS even registred the new name for their console.

AdaptorLive
AdaptorLive

@finalkain: Why would you pay someone for something that isn't really theirs? Domain squatters are lazy ***holes who want to profit of off other people's intellectual properties.

masterdrat
masterdrat

@finalkain They have their lawyers on a paycheck... cost them next to nothing to do that.

Hilux-
Hilux-

@finalkain they own the xbox namebrand. so why give him money when they can drag him to court and get it for free? 

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

@tionmedon Yep or just use one main one and call it could i.e. playstation.com

bobobanks
bobobanks

What are you talking about, almost any Blu-Ray player can be made to be Region Free if you know the correct code sequence.  I have a Region-Free Blu Ray player as most people do.  In fact you can buy them straight off Amazon that way if you choose. 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@forbiddenmow er... it's also a term used for people have something and just hold on to it. Should I have said "domain hoarder" so you wouldn't be confused, or do you only know one use of the word?

Daian
Daian

@TheWalkingGhost He still owns them, he can't just hand them over for free, depends if they copyrighted the name before he owned them which I don't think is the case.

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

@AdaptorLive @finalkain Humans have been doing that for centuries!! Do you really think Edison invented the light bulb?!  Bullshit, do some research, he had inventors working for "him".  Namely the inventor of AC electricity Tesla Nikola !!  Edison wanted the world to use DC could you imagine that lol...  Ergo Edison was a lazy A$$hole!!!

wexorian
wexorian

@Hilux- @finalkain THey own xbox not xboxone, i can call website gamespotss and it will be mine , like this guy own that website he should be paid just.

MinerAvatar
MinerAvatar

@Hilux- @finalkain I was thinking the same thing and I bet it is cheaper to pay the guy off then all the court costs and lawyer fees unless this guy refuses to sell or something like that. No lawyer is doing pro bono work for Micosoft so this seems odd.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@forbiddenmow To your first comment; I totally agree that it's like buying property. In some ways, a LOT like owning property. He has the right to own it, and when someone wants to buy, sell. The problem comes in when he wants you to buy it for a million dollars, after he paid less than $100. That's when MS turns into the government, and finds ways to take it back for less than the price you paid (check out stories of the government paying less than market value when they want to bLook, I understand why many of you hate "domain squatters", but why waste your time? They bought it, they own it, and if someone else wants to buy it, they should pay. uild a road and the owner doesn't want to sell).

Secondly, in many states you can still collect welfare even after winning the powerball, or changing your name to "Ol' Dirty Bastard". Perfectly legal doesn't always make perfect sense.

"Look, I understand why many of you hate "domain squatters", but why waste your time? They bought it, they own it, and if someone else wants to buy it, they should pay."

somewhere along the lines, the original message was lost. I always said he should get paid.....

Anxiety21
Anxiety21

@forbiddenmow @FallenOneX  I believe he has a right to own his domains and Microsoft has a right to buy them just as he did!  Big corp always trying to find a way to weasel out of paying $ as they rob the poor!

forbiddenmow
forbiddenmow

@FallenOneX @forbiddenmow 

well. let's agree to disagree. domains can be acquired on the market. like property. it's a cornerstone of western civilisation that people are free to buy things that are on sale, enjoy the private ownership of that property, and speculate on the market. this is just business. there's nothing stopping square enix from buying your example domains if they want. arguably they're dumb if they don't - from a business perspective.  squatters simply violate private property rights. they stick two fingers up at one of the fundamental principles of the west. really, they are poles apart and should in no way be compared; either morally or economically.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@forbiddenmow I was being serious. Property squatters are, like you said, generally scum. 

Domain squatters are usually dreamers hoping that out of the 20 or so sites they register, one will eventually pay off. I like to think of them more as idiots that still like to remember stories from the late 90's when companies used to go out of their way to pay for those domain names. While it may be legal, and they should be compensated, they should also have to face the fact that they only did it to try and make money. 

I'm not talking about the people that have their own site that they actually maintain, and then a company comes along and says, "hey, that domain name might confuse people with a new product we're releasing with a similar name". I'm talking about the people that (hypothetically) register names like "FF16/FFXVI.com or .net, knowing that there is more than likely a Square Enix game being made that will eventually make that domain name valuable. Those people know exactly what they're doing, and it's just as bad as living in a house you don't own or pay rent for, and then getting mad when the real owners show up.

forbiddenmow
forbiddenmow

@FallenOneX @forbiddenmow 

squatters are generally scum. abhorrent and universally hated because what they do is wrong on many levels. calling people who speculatively accumulate property perfectively legally "squatters" just to tarnish them is well wide of the mark. i really can't see the similarity at all and i think the term is unfair. i know you didn't invent the term, and many others use it. i was simply asking a question.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

A few years ago microsoft sued a teenager for the website "mikerowesoft.com" because it was too close to Microsoft.com. Turns out the teenagers name was Mike Rowe and MS still won. Having similar names are apparently reason enough in the US courts to steal domain names. In the end uproar cause MS to return the site to the teen and he got a free 360 too... OooOoOo.