Anybody who takes more than a fleeting interest in the jailbreak community will have heard of Jay Freeman. For those of you that haven’t, he is the mastermind behind the Cydia infrastructure which is at the heart of every single jailbroken iDevice to date.
Like many of the worlds great hackers, he uses an alias – Saurik, and the company under which Cydia operates is known as Saurikit LLC.
Despite the anti-App Store stance, it seems Saurik has made a very Apple-esque oversight in establishing a brand without securing the dotcom domain name. The fruit company has a habit of being somewhat slack when it comes to registering domain names, instead opting to make instant millionaires of those squatting on the likes of iPhone4.com.
Saurikit LLC has filed a lawsuit in order to try and win access to what is now a valuable domain. Back in March, Saurikit failed to win a dispute under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), and as such, Cydia still currently resides over at cydia.saurik.com. Unlike similar Apple cases, whereby the Cupertino company just didn’t think ahead, Cydia was already registered six years prior to the inception of Cydia, thus the registrar would have had no clue of the potential repercussions and future value of the domain.
It is not hard to see why Saurikit feels the need to gain control and get complete access to the domain. Many surfers, when looking for a product, will primarily try typing "[productname].com" into the address bar. A simple "Cydia.com" search in Chrome will give auto-listings of "Cydia.com download" followed by "Cydia.com iPod Touch."
Interestingly, the Cydia.com site is temporarily down due to excessive attacks, and what’s more, the site supposedly operates as an “Apple forum”, which gives a clear indication that Cydia.com has sought to gain from the work of Saurikit LLC and this is reflected in the lawsuit. It is alleged that the domain was altered to display the Apple products and forums after the original owner had contacted him (Saurik), citing the communications between the parties as evidence.
It is unknown whether Saurikit LLC will be successful in its quest to get what it sees as rightfully belonging to the company. What do you think, do companies have the right to seize control of successful domains after the product has taken off? Or do you think the registrar has full rights and should only lose the domain through a fair sale? Leave your thoughts and opinions on our Facebook Page!