UTube Sues YouTube Over Clogged Tubes
from the and-then-come-the-lawyers dept
Remember a couple of weeks ago, right after YouTube was bought, there was a story about the unfortunate case of Universal Tube & Rollform equipment, the company that owned the domain UTube.com, and how they were overwhelmed with traffic as people thought they were visiting YouTube.com? At the time, we noted that UTube was hoping to cash in on the deal by selling the domain name. They had already turned down a $1 million offer and were hoping for at least $2.5 million. This seemed a little silly, recognizing that the attention was likely to be short-lived. Well, it looks like UTube is still trying to cash in, but the plan to sell the domain hasn’t worked out so well. Instead, the company has decided to sue YouTube, claiming that the names are confusingly similar — and that all the attention has caused them all sorts of problems. Beyond just the traffic deluge taking them down, they claim that the police have contacted them to find out about reports that they’re hosting illegal videos (which seems easy enough to clear up). Of course, if UTube was really so worried about this, why didn’t they take it up much earlier? It seems that their interest in suing only came about once YouTube got rich by selling out to Google. And, of course, there’s the issue that the two companies are in completely different markets, and anyone looking at either site is hardly likely to confuse one for the other — making just about any trademark claim somewhat pointless.