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Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 09:00 am PT (12:00 pm ET)

Apple gains ownership of iPhone-related porn domain names

Apple's bid to obtain a number of domain names from pornographic websites that include the "iPhone" name, including iphone4s.com, has proven successful.

As first reported by Domain Name Wire on Tuesday, a total of seven domain names have been turned over to Apple. The "WHOIS" record for the domains now shows MarkMonitor, a brand protection company, as the owner of the websites.

In addition to iphone4s.com, which carries the same name as Apple's latest handset, the other domains are iphonecamforce.com, iphonecam4s.com, iphoneporn4s.com, iphonesex4s.com, iphonexxforce.com, and porn4iphones.com.

Apple first filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization earlier this month. The complaint was quickly dropped, however, after the owner of the domains, an Israeli company, agreed to turn them over to Apple.

The iphone4s.com was originally registered in August of 2008, more than three years before Apple unveiled its iPhone 4S. The domain name for Apple's previous iPhone model, iphone4.com, is owned by Apple, but iphone3gs.com and iphone3g.com still forward to non-Apple sites.

The prompt resolution to the domain name dispute is different from a previous complaint filed by Apple over the ipods.com domain. That took a ruling from the WIPO in July to order the transfer of ipods.com to Apple.