Microsoft files to recover Xbox One domain

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

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

MR_TUBBy
MR_TUBBy

That'll be the day if they can't get the domain from him somehow...  I can picture the guy's face with the iconic trollface, haa ^^

donnyb20
donnyb20

They have a right to the domain name.  Obviously, anyone typing in xboxone.com into the address bar would expect to go to the website for the new Xbox one system.  Currently the owner has the site parked, i.e. not even being used, my guess is he had some inside info or made a very lucky guess.  MS should make him a reasonable offer for the domain before pursuing any legal action, as the financials of the legality alone will cost more than what the guy is probably willing to take.  If the guy tries to railroad MS as far as payment, MS will win the domain through arbitration, and rightfully so.

erMonezza
erMonezza

If they don't pay (good amount of money) the guy, but just 'force' him to hand over the domain, it's just another stupid thing done in front of their decreasing fanbase.


cheers

James111wv
James111wv

website will be given to microsoft. Only way the guy would have legal grounds to keep it i believe is if it was being used as a xbox site in a positive way. Since the site is not even being used and the person is basically just squatting on it Im pretty sure it will go to microsoft.

kik4444
kik4444

"Recover" means that you had something in the past, it got stolen from you, and you want it back. What you're trying to do from this guy isn't recovery, it's theft. He's had that domain for 2 years already! Just pay him and be done with it!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Unless he is doing something with the name, he won't be allowed to keep it or sell it.

valium88
valium88

Nice! Time to pay up Microsoft! lol

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

If this is trademark infringement then why was he or she aloud to register the name in the first place? Go daddy should pay the owner a large settlement and then ms gets the site.

Shahada1976
Shahada1976

They're gonna have to pay this guy for the URL.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

why does microsoft care so much how hard can it be to come up with a new website name

ImGonaWreckIt
ImGonaWreckIt

well, Xbox is a Microsoft Trademark... They can take it whenever they want if the want to. They shouldn't have to pay for their own Trademark, he should have to pay Microsoft to use it.... Its like branding Cows, I brand my cow AW, and any cow that I see with that branding is now entitled to me.. (of course I used a simple argument, but you get the point)

Wolfetan
Wolfetan

They should have to pay the guy for the website.

AnakinSW
AnakinSW

How do you recover something you never had to begin with? If they choose to not create the url themselves, that's their bad. Might be a good thing to look into before you come up with the final name.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

ROFL.

I really hope this claim doesn't hold water. Really ridiculous.

pensive101
pensive101

"recover" implies microsoft owned the domain sometime in the past, somehow had it taken away from them, and now want it back. 

Is that the case, or is Microsoft just looking to take something that doesn't belong to them?

seraifas
seraifas

Ms should have named it xbox12532613, it is also a random number and i doubt this one is taken.

fanirama
fanirama

dealwithit MS. 


Haha. Just kidding. If this guy is a domain squatter then I have no sympathy for him. I have no sympathy for MS anyways and I don't understand with all the billions spent on Xbox One, why can't they just pay him say $5000 and get it from him??? Or maybe even $10,000. 

The guy legally owns this domain and that is how this system works. You can own a domain and if someone else comes and makes a product with that name, you shouldn't be able to get it like MS is trying. 


If someone makes a product called Windows later on, they cannot sue MS and get that from them. Although a little less similar, the concept here is that the guy owns the domain and MS should just pay him and get it instead of appearing douchey and evil in court.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Pay the guy. You had it and lost it. That's how domain names work: somebody on your payroll forgets to renew it, it's not yours anymore. Why should this guy have to be dragged to court because Microsoft was lazy? And he's owned them for years. Pay him or wait until 2016 and hope he forgets to renew them too.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

you can pay 400m for an NFL deal and you can't pay a resident off who's already a fan for the Domain ? just give him a free x1 with lifetime membership and some free games. He's a fan don't toss him to court like that ... cruel! 

spindie
spindie

when did microsoft turn straight up evil?

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I find this case a lot less interesting than it initially sounded thanks to @allty123 and @fleshpeddler. If the owner at least made an effort to turn those two domains into the #1 Xbox fan site on the web... There are regulations in place now to make "I beat you to it" an increasingly impossible argument. They are public information for all to read. I hope the owner saves everyone time and just let them go.

XboxOne's announcement included several details, albeit indefinite, that got me angry too, mainly because I feared it would set a bad precedence in the industry, but I don't want to criticize MS when they are in the right. It just takes away from other valid criticisms.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

come on M$ the guy had it registered. He beat you to the punch by 2 years in fact back then most assumed it would be called the 720. Time to come up with a differant site name or pay the dude. Might I suggest #dealwithit.com or alwayson.com

Merseyak
Merseyak

haha i hope he\she says you want the name ok 100 mill and its all yours

dz99ls
dz99ls

just pay the guy and move on

enoslives7
enoslives7

Even the most diehard micro$oft fanboy has turned tail and ran away from the xbone by now. 

Any positive comments for the xbone are done by their employees trolling the sites.....fucking sad.

hadlee73
hadlee73

The domain owner was watching the Xbox One announcement, wearing his traditional black hooded cloak, mumbling to himself "everything is proceeding as I have forseen..."