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Nintendo loses appeal in wiiu.com dispute

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Nintendo of America has lost an appeal in a domain dispute it filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization over the ownership of the wiiu.com domain name.

Nintendo secured a series of Wii U-related domain names in 2011 – including wii-u.com and wii-u.net – but an unnamed registrant snapped up the coveted wiiu.com domain in 2004, before the original Wii console was announced.

Nintendo filed a cybersquatting complaint in a bid for domain ownership in February, which the WIPO subsequently denied. Nintendo will now need to contact wiiu.com's domain owner directly in order to negotiate a purchase.

Microsoft recently filed a similar domain dispute with the National Arbitration Forum in an attempt to claim ownership of the xboxone.com and xboxone.net domains.

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