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IE7.com promotes Firefox :)

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IE7.com domain name is not owned by Microsoft nor by Mozilla, but by some guy who is apparently a Firefox fan as is easy to conclude from the huge Firefox logo on the page behind that domain name. Smiling

Hare's the article about it: Firefox lover owns IE7.com

It seems to imply that the guy could get sued for cybersquating because of owning this domain name. I'm not sure that would be fair and appropriate though. I can understand the grudge with people who register loads of domain names they don't use at all, just so that nobody else could have them and to possibly profit from them some day. I don't really appreciate that either, but I'm not sure if that is enough ground for a lawsuit, especially if the guy has only this one or only few such domain names. And besides, he IS using it for something. He is promoting Firefox. Smiling

I'd probably be quite angry if MS attacked him with a lawsuit over it. If MS wants it, they better be paying alot for it IMO!

What do you think?

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Well, you know, if I

Well, you know, if I happened to be the owner of that domain name I'd do the same. Yes, it may not be all that useful, but just in case some lost souls go searching for IE7 and types IE7.com they'll end up hearing about Firefox, if they haven't already.

Either that or I'd come up with a name of the site that would fit the "IE7" acronym and develop that there at some point.

Also, the domain name was registered in 1999, which is long before anyone talked about the next major version of IE so I think we shouldn't be too quick to assume that it was registered on purpose for advertising Firefox.

As for deceptive advertising, it is not an active deception. It is not as if the owner does anything to lure people there. They come themselves assuming it may be about Microsoft Internet Explorer. That it isn't is, well, tough luck!

What would people say if Microsoft was the one who owned Firefox.com? Would Microsoft just give it up nicely? No. So neither should this guy, IMO.

Thanks

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