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matonis
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March 22, 2010, 05:16:17 PM
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Is http://www.bitcoin.com a valid implementation of the bitcoin protocol?  How are they able to use the name? Does anyone know who is behind it?
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March 22, 2010, 08:18:15 PM
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It's not related to our project. Apparently it's some company called Bitcoin Ltd. The page has been saying "alpha test coming soon" since the last summer at least.

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March 23, 2010, 03:22:41 PM
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It's unrelated.  There wasn't anything there when I started.

The price of .com registrations is lower than it should be, therefore any good name you might think of is always already taken by some domain name speculator.  Fortunately, it's standard for open source projects to be .org.
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January 07, 2011, 01:53:53 AM
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@satoshi: then it was not very wise of you to not register that one as well. if you didn't invent this exceedlingy smart system i'd even say 'foolish'.


i don't think that this is that trivial. if they have a trademark on the name in conjunction with online financial transactions, they will sue any commercial entity using bitcoin, once bitcoin gets larger.

the only corporation i could find using that name is

Bitcoin Ltd
Computer Software Development
34 Arlington Road
Camden Town
London NW1 7HU

this could be their telephone number, though it seems too long. possibly two separate numbers. 024 8189 2502 - 07593 528009

Is there someone in London who could pay them a visit? Having the .com domain as well as the .org would be great.

if it is not them, a telephone call or letter to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domains_by_Proxy should do the trick.

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January 07, 2011, 02:04:32 AM
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@satoshi: then it was not very wise of you to not register that one as well. if you didn't invent this exceedlingy smart system i'd even say 'foolish'.


You misunderstand. As mentioned many .com names are squatted including this one. There was nothing at the page, but someone had the name.

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January 07, 2011, 02:19:10 AM
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ah, okay. i take that back then.

still think its smart to try to get the domain.

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January 07, 2011, 02:54:56 AM
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Are you aware he grave dig this one? Please, someone lock it.

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January 19, 2011, 04:05:44 AM
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The existence of this .com domain is going to become more and more of a problem.

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Alpha test coming soon.

That's been "coming soon" since 2009.  Maybe they're not particularly that tied to the name.  Has anyone already tried to make contact?

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January 19, 2011, 08:37:13 AM
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Whoever it is hasnt registered the trademark of "bitcoin"

I think we should start a nonprofit bitcoin trade association formed of bitcoin businesses and register the trademark....before they do.






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January 19, 2011, 07:54:22 PM
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Whoever it is hasnt registered the trademark of "bitcoin"

I think we should start a nonprofit bitcoin trade association formed of bitcoin businesses and register the trademark....before they do.

I had seen a somewhat related initiative about an association:
   http://fivegrinder.com/group/Bitcoin%20Mutual%20Aid%20Association

I've registered the domain bitcoinassocation.org with the intention of donating it to such an organization should it form.  I believe bitcoinfoundation.org was registered by with the same type of intent.

As far as trademark, I don't know enough about the topic.  If  the association tries to trademark it, would those who use Bitcoin name in their bitcoin-related endeavors (e.g., Bitcoin-Central exchange, BitcoinBonus, Bitcoin 4 Cash, etc.) be
  • a.) harmed, and/or
  • b.) able to challenge the ability for the name to be trademarked even?

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January 20, 2011, 05:13:14 PM
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Whoever it is hasnt registered the trademark of "bitcoin"

I think we should start a nonprofit bitcoin trade association formed of bitcoin businesses and register the trademark....before they do.

I had seen a somewhat related initiative about an association:
   http://fivegrinder.com/group/Bitcoin%20Mutual%20Aid%20Association

I've registered the domain bitcoinassocation.org with the intention of donating it to such an organization should it form.  I believe bitcoinfoundation.org was registered by with the same type of intent.

As far as trademark, I don't know enough about the topic.  If  the association tries to trademark it, would those who use Bitcoin name in their bitcoin-related endeavors (e.g., Bitcoin-Central exchange, BitcoinBonus, Bitcoin 4 Cash, etc.) be
  • a.) harmed, and/or
  • b.) able to challenge the ability for the name to be trademarked even?

No you misunderstand.Its a purely defensive trademark application. The foundation only holds the trademark in trust for the bitcoin traders so that an attack vector is prevented.
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July 10, 2011, 09:44:45 PM
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No you misunderstand.Its a purely defensive trademark application.

Just to put a bookend on this post (relating to the attempt to trademark bitcoin in the U.S. and subsequent withdrawal of that application, and then the attempt to file where trademarks follow first-to-file rules):
 - http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110708/00564015004

And regarding the domain, looks like there are some developments with that:
 - http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=9442.40

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July 10, 2011, 09:53:27 PM
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No you misunderstand.Its a purely defensive trademark application.

Just to put a bookend on this post (relating to the attempt to trademark bitcoin in the U.S. and subsequent withdrawal of that application, and then the attempt to file where trademarks follow first-to-file rules):
 - http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110708/00564015004

And regarding the domain, looks like there are some developments with that:
 - http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=9442.40


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July 10, 2011, 09:56:38 PM
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Ha, it resolves to 127.0.0.1. I was surprised for a second to see my local webserver.

edit: woops, didnt realize this was an ancient thread

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July 23, 2012, 08:43:26 PM
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Bitcoin LTD... Hmmmm..

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July 23, 2012, 09:15:21 PM
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I hate squatters.

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July 23, 2012, 09:27:23 PM
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I hate squatters.

Not technically a squatter.  It's one of the three domains that TradeHill acquired the rights to use in exchange for $1 million in equity but the rights were conditional were on them continuing operation.

And yeah, there is a NZ venture capitalist who incorporated a company called Bitcoin Limited in NZ in June, but he appears to have no connection to those who are widely believed to own Bitcoin.com.

All I can say is that this is Bitcoin. I don't believe it until I see six confirmations.
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July 23, 2012, 09:37:40 PM
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bitcoin.com redirects to bitcoin.org for me. 

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July 24, 2012, 12:06:16 PM
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edit: woops, didnt realize this was an ancient thread

You guys were giving me a heartattack when I saw satoshi posting in this thread..  Cheesy

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July 24, 2012, 12:50:43 PM
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How the heck do you post as a GUEST!? I had to go through the proper n00b red tape! LOL

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