Typosquatting Dispute Hits New Zealand’s Yellow Pages

By February 24, 2011 Disputes No Comments

A domain name dispute involving the New Zealand postal service and the telephone listings service Yellow Pages in New Zealand has gained some attention in the country and has now been settled.

The dispute involved the Yellow Pages accused of registering websites and Google search terms in an attempt to divert internet traffic away from its rival Auckland directory, Localist, owned by the New Zealand Post, and which will be launched later this year, reports BusinessDay.co.nz.

According to the report, “the state-owned enterprise says the matter has been resolved on commercial terms and Yellow Pages has agreed to transfer ownership of the contested domain names, which are variations on the name Localist, to NZ Post.”

Another report, in Computerworld, notes “Yellow registered several URLs close to localist’s name, including localists.co.nz and locallist.org.nz.”