As familiarized in one of our earlier reports, the concept of 'typo-squatting' is increasingly becoming common; so much so that even as you're reading this, a new, subtly similar sounding domain name to an existing popular one would have taken form. There is no dearth of individuals who've been capitalizing on every erronous entry made, and this has been giving owners of popular websites, sleepless nights, since each wrong entry has been costing them a lot.
Watch out! You may have got it wrong (Image credit: Getty Images)
Now, a report in The Next Web confirms that search giant, Google, whose domain name, 'Google.com' has been one of the most misspelt ones has secured 32 such 'typo-squatting' domain names. These include:
Google had, early this year filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum, against a Hong Kong-based individual who claimed that he owned a host of domain names sounding similar to Google. The Forum, according to this report tried to reach the Hong Kong-based individual for a response to the proceedings, but failed and therefore, decided that the domain names be transferred to Google, immediately. The National Arbitration Forum, in its decision, further stated that all the domains can transferred to Google as it complied with the following ICANN norms:
- The domain name registered by Respondent is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which Complainant has rights; and
- Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name; and
- The domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.
In our earlier report, we had put down a statistic showing just how worrying the concept of typo-squatting is. “According to a report in 2010, presented by FairWinds Partners, an internet consulting firm, based in Washington D.C stated that owing to typo squatting alone, as many as 250 well-received websites suffer losses collectively amounting to $285 million.“
So, which domain name is the one you misspell very often?