Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment Corp. in Perrysburg, Ohio, said that confusion between its domain name, Utube.com, and YouTube.com is damaging its reputation and costing the company thousands of dollars. The firm filed its suit against San Mateo, Calif.-based YouTube Inc. Monday in the U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio.
Since Google Inc. purchased YouTube, visitors to Utube.com have skyrocketed, from a few thousand per month to more than 70,000 per day, Universal Tube said in its suit. That extra traffic has crashed Universal Tube's servers several times, forcing the company to switch Internet service providers, at an additional monthly cost, in order to handle the increased traffic.
Universal Tube asks the court to stop YouTube from using the YouTube.com domain and turn it over to Universal Tube. The company also seeks damages to be determined by the court and other monetary payment, including three times YouTube's profits from infringing sales.