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  • Apple Banishes App Store Name Squatters



    Earlier this year, I was among the MMi staff writers who began covering Apple's slow but gradually escalating attention on those who prey on domain names looking to financially capitalize on their possession in the future - domain name squatters, if you will.

    In January, for example, Apple reclaimed - by legal force - a number of domain names that Apple felt crossed certain "boundaries" relating to intellectual property and copyrights. For instance, the domains "blueipod.com," "iphonecheap.com," "iphonetoys.com," and "ipodaccessories.info" were all wrangled away from the man who first purchased them and rewarded to Apple instead.

    Today, the battle against both domain and app store name squatters rages on. Thanks to the changes divulged from the release of the development guidelines for the App Store, developers who reserve an app name without uploading a binary within a reasonable period of time will have their records swiftly deleted. What's a reasonable time frame you ask? According to Apple, that would be about 120 days. According to a report from our friends at Tech Crunch, after 90 days have passed, developers will be notified by Apple that the time to act is drawing near and that if there is no upload within 30 days, "the app name will then be available for another developer to use."

    This move on the part of Apple is just one of many new tweaks and additions to longstanding policy. From finally sanctioning some significant third-party development tools to making the once completely non-transparent app approval process more visible to developers, the notoriously strict and hush-hush Apple has been surprisingly candid and - dare I say - chilled out in recent weeks.

    Let's see if it lasts


    Tech Crunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Banishes App Store Name Squatters started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Maybe GV Mobile will keep it's name then.


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    1. l0ngh0rns89's Avatar
      l0ngh0rns89 -
      I bet they'll start monitoring what people do on their phones next too
    1. elfboyz's Avatar
      elfboyz -
      cool
    1. inyuke's Avatar
      inyuke -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0ngh0rns89 View Post
      I bet they'll start monitoring what people do on their phones next too
      Lmao wat you scared? Hahahhahahahaha
    1. crackencody's Avatar
      crackencody -
      whatever apple does, we'll always find a way around lol
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by crackencody View Post
      whatever apple does, we'll always find a way around lol
      did u even read the article?
    1. nycpolo76's Avatar
      nycpolo76 -
      IPad supply has just met demand. So now this means Apple will have to reduce production of the current model to start production of a new model. I highly doubt That will happen.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0ngh0rns89 View Post
      i bet they'll start monitoring what people do on their phones next too
      troll
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Damn squatters! They're all a bunch of ninnies!
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I didn't know you could reserve a name. I've always kind of wondered how that process went. Out of more than 250,000 apps, it must be pretty tough for developers to find an appropriate name sometimes, especially if they want their app to stand out.

      I can't tell you how many times I shook my head at how uncreative some of the names are. It's getting to the point where we're seeing names like horrible message board handles, like "Map_Dude4364", or "Elfboyz".
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tyronal View Post
      troll
      Irony and hypocrisy all in one post.

      I'm glad Apple decided to do this. Reserving names that actual developers could use was a d-bag move. Need to make money? Get a job. The App Store's a mess as-is, so anyway to make it the slightest way better is a good start.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Finally some legal consequences for squatters. That's an F'd up way to make money.
    1. rayzah_blade's Avatar
      rayzah_blade -
      Quote Originally Posted by nycpolo76 View Post
      IPad supply has just met demand. So now this means Apple will have to reduce production of the current model to start production of a new model. I highly doubt That will happen.
      lol, wut?