Popular bulletin board asks arbitration panel to give it the 4chan.com domain name.
One of the world’s most trafficked websites is on a .org domain name, and now its asking an arbitration panel to give it the matching .com.
Image-based bulletin board 4chan (at 4chan.org) has filed a complaint with The World Intellectual Property Organization. It claims that the owner of 4chan.com is cybersquatting and demands the domain name be handed over.
4chan.com has been owned by Oversee.net for many years. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised the 4chan.com issue hasn’t already received the 4chan community’s wrath, given its reputation for rowdy behavior.
The domain name leads to a parked page monetized by Oversee.net’s company DomainSponsor.
4chan is generally considered one of the top 1,000 websites in terms of traffic. An advertising page on the site says it gets 25 million uniques and 575 million pageviews per month, with 1 million posts per day.
The .com domain at issue clearly gets some traffic as it has an Alexa ranking in the top 125,000 in the US.