How did Podcast.App get the Domain

The .app domain starts selling yesterday in early release phase. But yesterday I found out that “The Podcast App” already had the domain Podcast.App. My question is how did they get it as part of the “Sunrise” phase. They do not hold “Podcast” or “The Podcast App” as a trademark. Yet they got the domain before the phase 1 purchase date. They were able to obtain the domain on April 27th which is part of the “sunrise” period.

Simply because they have the app it appears not based on Trademark. “The Podcast App” should in my opinion not have qualified them for the domain under the sunrise rules but someone thought it was ok.

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.