Microsoft picks up Bing domain names through arbitration.
Since launching its new Bing search engine last year, Microsoft has frequently called upon National Arbitration Forum to help it get Bing related domain names registered by cybersquatters. National Arbitration Forum records show that, since December 29, the company has won arbitration cases for at least 40 domain names.
The first batch of domains the company won on December 29, 2009 were typical typos, including wwwbing.com and b8ng.com.
On December 31, the company won a case for 21 domain names registered by Doug Goodman of Kentucky. Among the domains Goodman registered were bingadspace.com, bingvideoclips.com, and bingtutorials.com. According to the dispute, Goodman “created or formulatedâ€ the disputed domain names that had been missed by “Microsoft webmastersâ€. Goodman also told the National Arbitration Forum that the domain names would bring value to Microsoft, so the company should pay for them. Needless to say, that defense didn’t hold up.
The company won the domains bing-wallpaper.com and bingimg.com in January, and then picked up BingNews.org on February 2. (BingNews.com forwards to Bing’s news portal.) Microsoft also won wapbing.net in February.
In March it picked up the Internationalized Domain Name xn--bng-jua.com, which looks like bÄ±ng.com. It also won seven domains from another registrant including BingCamera.com and DirectoryBing.
Whenever a mainstream product launches and gets lots of press, unsuspecting speculators try to snatch up related domains. They probably remember the early days of the web when you could get away with this stuff. Based on some of the futile responses to these cases, they really didn’t know any better.