Chanel v hundreds of domains, (all search engines, and social media sites)

Click to enlargeSome fascinating Court Orders follow a counterfeiting case in Nevada.

Précis – Chanel took action against many domains allegedly advertising and/or promoting and selling Chanel counterfeit branded goods. They proved to the Court partially on a sampling basis  the illegal activities. Per arstechnica the modus operandi was “for the most recent batch of names, Chanel hired a Nevada investigator to order from three of the 228 sites in question. When the orders arrived, they were reviewed by a Chanel official and declared counterfeit. The other 225 sites were seized based on a Chanel anti-counterfeiting specialist browsing the Web.”

The really interesting elements of the court decision were:

  •  the Judge ordered that the domains be transferred to Chanel’s control at GoDaddy – this is the actual order; “(7) The top-level domain (TLD) Registries for the Group II Subject Domain Names, within ten (10) business days of receipt of this Second Temporary Restraining Order shall change the registrar of record for the Group II Subject Domain Names, excepting any such domain names which such Registries have been notified in writing by the Plaintiff have been or will be dismissed from this action, to the United States based Registrar, GoDaddy.com, Inc.”
  •  For all the seized domains a link  to the case was setup detailing the judgement. (Incidentally you can downloads as much of the case as you like and more from this link)
  •  The Judge ordered that ALL search engines & social media sites should de-index the domains – again here’s the text of the actual order “(10) The Group II Subject Domain Names shall immediately be de-indexed and/or removed from any search results pages of all Internet search engines including, but not limited to, Google, Bing, and Yahoo, and all social media websites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter until otherwise instructed by this Court or Plaintiff that any such domain name is authorized to be reinstated, at which time it shall be reinstated to its former status within each search engine index from which it was removed”

Well done Chanel – the sheer scale of the counterfeiting is incredible.

Not quite sure how the de-indexing of all the domain names will go!

Probably worth keeping an eye out for further developments!

We, of course, respect & recognise all Chanel trademarks.

Cyber Monday Sales reach $1.25bn

Update for 2013 initial views

Update 10.00pm ComScore Press Release

We think it is quite remarkable how consistent the relationship is between Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Mondays average 50% over Fridays. This year – 53%. Previous three years – 59% 49% and 57%. This is despite many retailers, particularly the largest one, seeking to spread sales over longer periods.

Update 9.40pm Click to enlarge Update 9.00pm BREAKING – ComScore announce Cyber Monday sales reached $1,251m an increase of 22% on last year. Graph & full release to follow.

Update 9.00pm ebay/PayPal majoring on mobile data. “- eBay Mobile announced that shoppers in the U.S. spent two and a half times more via eBay Mobile this Cyber Monday than last year
- PayPal Mobile announced a six-fold (552%) increase in global mobile payment volume compared to Cyber Monday 2010 – GSI Commerce announced a four-fold (374%) increase in U.S. mobile sales when compared to Cyber Monday 2010″ Full release and blog post

Update 8.00pm Top Cyber Monday searches on ebay – iPod Touch, Michael Kors watches, Burberry, Boots, Lego Star Wars & Harley Davidson. Top special rapid sell out deal iPad2 @ $449.99. Consumers shopped online most frequently between 11 a.m. and Noon PST. More quick facts & stats from ebay

Update 5.30pmThis is IBM’s graph. If (and it’s a big if) the base line = 0 then our VERY approximate area assessment gives a 2011 increase over 2010 of 21%. An area assessment at 22.00 for 2011 when apparently last years $1,028m was passed and 24.00 implies a total sales figure of about $1,080 (ie an overall 5% increase). E & O E!

Update 3.30pm IBM’s Coremetrics does not disclose actual sales figures but John Squire, chief strategy officer said the $1.03 billion was surpassed at 10 p.m., EST, Monday. So another extrapolation might add at least 10% for the remaining 2 hours but as amazon is on PST who knows when the cut off actually is? – in the comments please.

Update 3.00pm You can download the IBM Benchmark report.benchmark-2011-cyber-monday If we use their increase on Black Friday figure of 29.3% and apply this to ComShare’s $816m this equates to just over the $1bn mark. Apples & Oranges (or Walmarts!) methinks.

Update 2.45pm It’s being reported that sales were up a staggering 33%, according to IBM, on 2010. We are a little sceptical. More to follow

Update 2.00pm No definitive news but the FBI have closed down 150 counterfeiting domain sites.

10.30am

The only preliminary indications of the outcome seem to be based on IBM’s Coremetrics Benchmark Reports.

They intially seemed to be indicating an increase of 15% on 2010 and then as the day went on moved this up to 18% as mentioned by both The Wall Street Journal & Fox News

The base figure we’re working from seems to be the generally accepted ComScore figure of $1,028m in 2010. An 18% increase would just move this to over $1.2bn.

We aim to keep an eye on the developing situation & will update accordingly.

Last year ComScore’s press release was made on Wednesday.





 

It was a Keyboard Busting Black Friday online (& Cyber Monday’s off to a good start)

Click to enlargeIn a sensational Black Friday online in the US  sales increased by 26% over last year. This was far in excess of all predictions including our own. It’s  the second highest increase since records began in 2005.

ComScore reckon over 50m people were online shopping with the top 5 retail sites being:

  1. amazon
  2. WalMart
  3. BestBuy
  4. Target
  5. Apple

Reflecting it’s dominance ComScore reports that  amazon.com had  50% more visitors than any of the other retailers.

If today’s historic ratio (Cyber Monday being 50% ahead of Black Friday) applies then US retail spending online will exceed the $1.2bn forecast by ComScore.

So the message to all, in particular across the pond, is keep clicking! For the largest online retailer maybe your items ordered per second today worldwide will be closer to 200 rather than the 158 achieved last year!

Update 6.00pm IBM Coremetrics confirm significant Black Friday online increase – year on year 24.3% and the Wall Street Journal is quoting them as indicating Cyber Monday is off to a tremendous start with early indications of a 30% increase on last year.

What colour’s Cyber Monday?

After Black Friday it looks like it could be green from a totally non random sample of a couple of online outlets!

Amazon.com’s press release pre announcing some of their deals is worth reading to get an idea of the volumes involved 158 orders a second sounds impressive but just imagine the number of clicks required to generate that order level. Literally billions in the day.

We would like to reiterate our Stay Safe advice   and also add the BBB Better Business Bureau’s top ten tips which whilst aimed at our US colleagues, bar the  legal/user detail differences (mainly tips 2, 7, & 10) substantially apply to the UK.

1. Protect your computer - A computer should always have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a secure firewall.

2. Shop on trustworthy websites – Shoppers should start at www.bbb.org to check on the seller’s reputation and record for customer satisfaction. It’s a good idea to look for the BBB logo and other widely-recognized seals on retailer websites, but make sure they are real (some rogue sites plagiarize seals to look legitimate).

3. Protect your personal information - BBB recommends taking the time to read the site’s privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used. If there isn’t one posted, take that as a red flag that personal information may be sold to others without permission.

4. Beware of deals that sound too good to be true – Offers on websites and in unsolicited emails can often sound too good to be true, especially extremely low prices on hard-to-get items. Consumers should always go with their instincts and not be afraid to pass up a “deal” that might cost them dearly in the end.

5. Beware of phishing – Legitimate businesses do not send emails claiming problems with an order or an account to lure the “buyer” into revealing financial information. If a consumer receives such an email, BBB recommends picking up the phone and calling the contact number on the website where the purchase was made to confirm that there really is a problem with the transaction.

6. Confirm your online purchase is secure – Shoppers should always look in the address box for the “s” in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the “lock” symbol before paying. If there are any doubts about a site, BBB recommends right-clicking anywhere on the page and select “Properties.” This will let you see the real URL (website address) and the dialogue box will reveal if the site is not encrypted.

7. Pay with a credit card – It’s best to use a credit card, because under federal law, you can dispute the charges if you don’t receive the item. Your also have dispute rights if there are unauthorized charges on your credit card, and many card issuers have “zero liability” policies under which the card holder pays nothing if someone steals the credit card number and uses it. If you are going to shop on classifieds web sites like Craigslist, never wire money and only buy locally where you can see the item before you hand over your money.

8. Keep documentation of your order – After completing the online order process, there may be a final confirmation page or the shopper might receive confirmation by email ¿ BBB recommends saving a copy of the web page and any emails for future reference and as a record of the purchase.

9. Check your credit card statements often – Don’t wait for paper statements; BBB recommends consumers check their credit card statements for suspicious activity by either calling credit card companies or by looking at statements online regularly.

10. Know your rights – Federal law requires that orders made by mail, phone or online be shipped by the date promised or, if no delivery time was stated, within 30 days. If the goods aren’t shipped on time, the shopper can cancel and demand a refund. There is no general three-day cancellation right, but consumers do have the right to reject merchandise if it’s defective or was misrepresented. Otherwise, it’s the company’s policies that determine if the shopper can cancel the purchase and receive a refund or credit. For more advice on staying safe online this holiday season, and to see reports on thousands of online retailers, go to www.bbb.org/us/consumer-tips-holiday.

PS  If you want to add to the 140m + orders at amazon then wander over to our I Commerce Zone

Update 2.15pm Apologies for mini glitch with late arrival of this post!

 

Cyber Monday or Christmas follows Black Friday?

Looks as if amazon are differentiating  between the UK & the US if we look at their  promotional banners/pages.

Black Friday extends into Saturday in the US with Cyber Monday deals starting at 00.00 hours sharp on 28 November.

“Amazing deals” today in the UK followed tomorrow by the “12 days of Christmas”, which we think they have started a bit early!

The UK paper press are joining in the fun with, on the one hand, the FT rather nicely describing Cyber Monday as the virtual cousin of Black Friday  but on the other, a logistics magazine  seems to have got them wrong with Cyber Monday being billed as 5 December….. oops!

Don’t click the amazon banners ‘cos it will take you to our I Commerce Zone

Update 2.30pm We’ve updated the Bestselling Business Books for the week ending 20 November – just one new entry this week at #9 Markets Never Forget. StrengthsFinder2.0 is still at #1

 

The UK’s Cybersecurity strategy

Whilst it’s a bit dry and lengthy for Black Friday we thought we should highlight / provide todays publication by the Government.

We will return to the content at a later stage.

A couple of  frivilous Friday comments are:

  • We prefer  cybersecurity as a single word
  • We prefer forums to fora

The Text of the ministerial statement is as follows:

WRITTEN MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

CABINET OFFICE

25 November 2011

Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General:  The UK Cyber Security Strategy – Protecting and Promoting the UK in a Digital World
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Francis Maude

I have today published the new Cyber Security Strategy for the United Kingdom. I have placed a copy in the Library.

The growth of the internet has transformed our everyday lives.

But with greater openness, interconnection and dependency comes greater vulnerability. The threat to our national security from cyber attacks is real and growing. Organised criminals, terrorists, hostile states, and ‘hacktivists’ are all seeking to exploit cyber space to their own ends.

This Government has moved swiftly to tackle the growing danger posed by cyber attacks. Our National Security Strategy published last year classed cyber security as one of our top priorities alongside international terrorism, international military crises and natural disasters. To support the implementation of our objectives we have committed new funding of £650m over four years for a transformative National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) to strengthen the UK’s cyber capabilities.

The new Cyber Security Strategy we have published today sets out how the UK will tackle cyber threats to promote economic growth and to protect our nation’s security and our way of life.

One of our key aims is to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business. Currently, around 6 per cent of the UK’s GDP is enabled by the internet and this is set to grow. But with this opportunity comes greater threats. Online crime including intellectual property theft costs the UK economy billions each year. So we must take steps to preserve this growth, by tackling cyber crime and bolstering our defences, to ensure that confidence in the internet as a way of communicating and transacting remains.

The Government cannot tackle this challenge alone. The private sector – which owns, maintains and creates most of the very spaces we are seeking to defend – has a crucial role to play too. This strategy outlines how we will cement a real and meaningful partnership between the Government and private sector in the fight against cyber attacks, to help improve security, build our reputation as a safe place to do business online, and turn threats into opportunities by fostering a strong UK market in cyber security solutions.

Together with the private sector, we are pioneering a new national cyber security ‘hub’ that will allow the Government and businesses to exchange information on threats and responses. This promises to transform the way we manage cyber attacks and greatly strengthen our security capacity. We will work with the business services sector to raise industry awareness. We will also work with industry to develop private-sector led standards for cyber security that help consumers navigate the market in security products and give firms who are good at security the means to make it a selling point.

The UK is a world leader in cyber security research, development and innovation. GCHQ is the lead in this area and the new strategy aims to capitalise on this through an innovative approach which will explore options with UK industry to harness this expertise and know-how for the benefit of the UK economy.

This strategy also outlines our plans for a new Cyber Crime Unit with the National Crime Agency, to be up and running by 2013. This unit will build on the ground-breaking work of the Metropolitan Police’s eCrime Unit by expanding the deployment of ‘cyber-specials’ giving police forces across the country the necessary skills and experience to handle cyber crimes. We will also ensure that the police use existing powers to ensure that cyber criminals are appropriately sanctioned as well as introducing a new single reporting system to report financially motivated cyber crime through the existing Action Fraud reporting centre.

To defend against significant threats we need to continue the work we are doing to protect and prepare our Critical National Infrastructure. We also need to update our military defence capabilities for a new cyber world; this strategy outlines the creation of a new Joint Cyber Unit hosted by GCHQ which will develop our military capabilities to give the UK a comparative advantage in cyberspace.

We will also strengthen the role of the Centre for Protection of the National Infrastructure to increase its reach to organisations that have not previously been considered as part of
the critical infrastructure thereby augmenting our ability to protect critical systems and intellectual property.

Prevention and education are also crucial. Get Safe Online is a very good example of how government, industry and law enforcement can work together to address this issue and improve the website by early 2012. In addition, we will work with ISPs to seek a new voluntary code of conduct to help people identify if their computers have been compromised and what they can do about it.

Cyber risks are transnational in nature. We will work with other countries to tackle them. Through the London Cyber Conference, hosted by the Foreign Secretary earlier this month, the UK is taking a lead in addressing international discussions on how we can establish a more focused international dialogue to develop principles to guide the behaviour of Governments and others in cyberspace. We will continue to foster this level of international dialogue through various fora and through international cooperation on tackling cyber crime.

This strategy sets out the change that is needed; we now need to work together to deliver it. The Government will update the House in a year’s time on how we are doing.

iHigh Apple UK discounts for Black Friday

Well the savings in the UK are almost as rumoured

  • iPod nano – £11
  • iPod touch – £15
  • iPad2 – £31
  • Macs – £81
  • iPhones – £0

But very much on the plus side for the “Bits & pieces” with most items having at least a 10% discount and up to 30% on some items eg the iPad2 smart covers (Leather or plastic) have a £11 reduction.

All we believe are available in store or online.

We guess that other resellers eg Viking will mirror some of these prices and may have free delivery + other promotions eg nectar points and less likely free gifts but worth checking ou.

All in all a definite Black Friday deal and ahead of their US conterparts at 7.30 GMT.

But We would still like to wish a successful Black Friday to all our US visitors.

Update 9.00am Apple US have updated their store & the savings are:

  • iPod nano – $11
  • iPod touch – $21
  • iPad2 – $41
  • Macs – $101

Plus as well lots of bits & pieces eg the iPad smart cover reduced by $11

Obviously 1 is the new .99!

Update Midday

A taste of Black Friday from ABC News – it’s a bit shouty so we suggest you keep the volume down!

 

Was it all about porn?

iPhone 4S

The more observant amongst you yesterday may have noticed that one of the “porn” domains recovered by Apple was in fact simply iPhone4S.com.

So whilst one can imagine that it might annoy Apple that there were several mobile sites that had iPhone as part of their address, it must have been a potential distraction or even  danger to their new flagship product the iPhone4S announcement on 4th October. Imagine the embarrassment  if there was an identically named porn mobile site in operation which got some publicity.

From a little look at some of the history it is clear that the recovery program certainly hotted up in 2011. Of the 96 whois record changes for the domain since its creation on 31 August 2008, 78 occurred this year and during October & November they were occurring on a virtually daily basis.

The domain originally with Moniker as the registrant only changed to one with a Tel Aviv location at the beginning of November by which time we imagine the game was well & truly up!

A cursory look at some of their main product line  registrations seems to reveal that  Apple preregisters/acquires the initial product domain names eg iPod.com  iPhone.com but not necessarily the possible future ones eg iPhone5.com & iPhone6.com link to a forum and are registered to an Australian Privacy Services Pty. iPhone7.com rests in San Marino.

An exception seems to be iPad.com which appears to be under development by its registrant Enero 6 Corp.

So was it all about porn? – not entirely a lot of it was necessarily about the iPhone4S.

 

PS Don’t click the lovely picture above ‘cos will take you to the site where you can acquire it!

PPS A very happy Thanksgiving to all our US visitors.

PPPS Visit our I Commerce Zone to see all those holiday deals

Eight iPhone porn sites & MarkMonitor

It has been reported that Apple recovered, a few days ago, seven eight domains containing iPhone plus pornographic terminology ie of a cybersquatting nature following a complaint made by them to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The seven sites are iphonecamforce.com  iphonecam4s.com iphoneporn4s.com iphonesex4s.com iphonexxxforce.com iphone4s.com porn4iphones.com. Don’t bother searching ‘cos they’ve all been disconnected from their previously, ahem, “interesting” content.

A whois search reveals the predictable MarkMonitor as the registrant. Not only Apple but many other large organisations use their services which got us wondering who they are and why they are so widely used by large organisations.

We nearly used part of their tagline “More than half the Fortune 100 trust ….” As the post title but on balance thought porn would generate a greater number of visitors! Completing their line  “……MarkMonitor to protect their brands online.”

Whilst a scamper round their site reveals that their target market seems to be  organisations with a turnover of greater than $50m there is quite a lot of useful content for the rest of us in their resources section. This ranges from terminology glossaries  through “White papers” (such as Online Brand Protection: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Proactive Strategy)  to case studies newsletters etc etc.

Registration gives access to more goodies and what on a speed read basis seems to be a pretty fascinating Brandjacking Index® Special Edition 2011 on Tablet PCs.

All in all a useful resource for the <$50m turnover companies/organisations.  Oh & they do have their own whois search facility without a captcha!

Update 2.00pm It was eight not seven domains apparently so add sex4iphones.com to the list. It appears as another MarkMonitor registrant on 18 November

 

 

Yes Siri Apple UK join in Black Friday

Rumour has it that the discounts are:

  • iPod nano – £11
  • iPod touch – £15
  • iPad2 – £35
  • Macs – £81
  • iPhone 4S & the rest – £0

This info comes from the T3 Gadget website

Last year in the US some of the discounts were:

  • iPad – $41
  • Macs – $101

and they also offered reductions on various bits & pieces such as the iPad case, wireless keyboard, iPad Dock, and Magic Mouse.

So these UK discounts look rational & there may be some other useful ones as well. We think they will be available both online & in store although in the US there is word that they may only be online which is somewhat surprising ‘cos Black Friday is reckoned to be about “bricks & mortar”!