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just kidding, seriously, i was just looking for aebike.com and accidentally typed in aebikes.com, guess where it directed me? You got it, beyondbikes.com. thats the high road right there...stealing poor typing customers from aebike.com, just wanted to get the word out.
 

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AE Bike is aware of the situation.

brrrrp said:
Can't they be sued for that?

I think we should let AE know about this.

Hum.... I can see it now AEbikes vs Jeff The Destroyer
I'd say they probably can be. But I'm not a lawyer or an Internet expert.

I did e-mail AE Bike about it and I was told that they've known about it for a while, but there's nothing they can do. I took that to mean that they don't think it's worth their time and/or money to pursue it.
 

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Trek does that, they were caught squatting on domain names similar to specialized, gt, and a host of others a few years ago.
 

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Not illegal

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I'd say they probably can be. But I'm not a lawyer or an Internet expert.

I did e-mail AE Bike about it and I was told that they've known about it for a while, but there's nothing they can do. I took that to mean that they don't think it's worth their time and/or money to pursue it.
It's not really against the law. It's shady as all hell, and companies that do it don't see any of my business.

The most infamous case I know of is the battle over the URL www.nissan.com.

http://www.nissan.com/Digest/The_Story.php

This guy has been through the ringer with a huge auto manufactuer and their team of lawyers. Not that it's been settled, but who wants those lawyer fees?
 

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That example is not even close to the same thing.

k1creeker said:
It's not really against the law. It's shady as all hell, and companies that do it don't see any of my business.

The most infamous case I know of is the battle over the URL www.nissan.com.

http://www.nissan.com/Digest/The_Story.php

This guy has been through the ringer with a huge auto manufactuer and their team of lawyers. Not that it's been settled, but who wants those lawyer fees?
As I said, I'm not a lawyer or an Internet expert, so you may be entirely correct. However, that Nissan case is not at all analogous to the aebike.com / aebikes.com situation, so I wouldn't draw any conclusions based on it.
 

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I don't think their actions are illegal since they clearly are operating under the name of Beyond Bikes. What would be illegal, for example, would be to get the name performancebikes.com or performancebike.net and try to represent yourself as performancebike.com (the real site).
 

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I think it is smart on BB's part. I am always looking for new online stores where I might be able to find better prices or great specials. If I accidently misspell the URL then I would probably look around BB's site and they might get a few more customers that way. The stores name is clearly represented on the website, so I don't think there should be any confusion about which site you are on.
 
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