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.

 

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