Microsoft halted in phonetic domain crusade

Good news for haters of the Beast of Redmond.

Domain arbitrator WIPO, meeting in Spain, has decided that Microsoft is not entitled to the domain “mocosoft.com” despite the fact that some of the same letters appear in both companies’ names. The site hosts a long list of downloadable applications.

The decision comes on the back off a year-long crusade by Microsoft to take ownership of all and any domains that even sound like its own name. Most famously, Microsoft lawyers descended on 17-year-old student Mike Rowe in January insisting he hand over his domain “mikerowesoft.com”. The claim was clearly ludicrous but following heavy press interest, Microsoft went into PR mode and Mike Rowe was dazzled into handing over the domain by a plethora of gifts.