UTube sues YouTube

By Justin Mann on November 2, 2006, 11:09 AM
In the age when people believe lawsuits can fix everything, a tube machine manufacturing company has brought a lawsuit against YouTube for nothing more than their domain name. The company formerly owned “utube.com”, and as a result of YouTube's infamy they were unable to cope with the number of people accidentally stumbling upon their site instead of the real deal. While YouTube has been around for quite a while, it wasn't until just recently that this company decided to take the issue to court. Specifying costs from having to move their site so many times, they doubtless see Google's purchase of YouTube as a quick way to settle the issue:

"We've had to move our site five times in an effort to stay ahead of the youtube.com visitors," said Ralph Girkins, Universal Tube's president. The lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court, asks that YouTube stop using the youtube.com or pay Universal Tube's cost for creating a new domain. It did not specify damages.
Could there have been a better way to resolve this without heading to the courts?




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hagane7 said:
This is funny!! LOL. Suing over this trivial thing is just lame.
Per Hansson said:
"Could there have been a better way to resolve this without heading to the courts?"yes ;-)[url]http://www.firefox.com/[/url]
nathanskywalker said:
[b]Originally posted by hagane7:[/b][quote]This is funny!! LOL. Suing over this trivial thing is just lame.[/quote]Yes, i agree. If the companies were selling the same product/service, there could be a conflict of interests, and the suit could actually have merit, as it is i doubt they are suing for any other reason than money. That is, now that you tube has some backing.
[-Steve-] said:
Haha YouTube are sending them traffic! So if anything they are making the company look bigger than it is, much bigger.
hagane7 said:
[b]Originally posted by [-Steve-]:[/b][quote]Haha YouTube are sending them traffic! So if anything they are making the company look bigger than it is, much bigger.[/quote]That's good when YouTube is sending a very high traffic to utube. If only utube know how to manipulate it into an advantage. I hope some good websites will accidentally send free traffic to my website. ;)
sornypanafonic said:
[b]Originally posted by hagane7:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by [-Steve-]:[/b][quote]Haha YouTube are sending them traffic! So if anything they are making the company look bigger than it is, much bigger.[/quote]That's good when YouTube is sending a very high traffic to utube. If only utube know how to manipulate it into an advantage. I hope some good websites will accidentally send free traffic to my website. ;)[/quote]name it something like sonny.com or gooogle.com then youll be rolling in the numbers.
zephead said:
i think utube is upset because, even though they have high traffic now, no one who's looking for videos is going to want to buy thier tubing products.i just don't see how this is youtube's fault, or why they should have to deal with this crap because people visit the wrong site. i'll bet it's costing 'em mroe to do this stupid lawsuit that it would to simply pay for the extra traffic.
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