Google displaying a skewed definition of "cybersquatting"? (2 Viewing)

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I was surprised to read this definition of "cybersquatting" on Google, which seems to include registering domains for resale by itself rather than just those that infringe on the rights of third parties.


So I went to Google (feedback link at the bottom) and to Oxford Languages (link at the top) and asked for a correction and would encourage you to do the same.


Done, and these "experts" are clearly drooling idiots.

Wikipedia is a lot better, as it doesn't even mention the "reselling at a profit" that the slack-jawed, Reddit-approved Oxford definition is so fixated on:

Cybersquatting is the practice of registering, trafficking in, or using an Internet domain name, with a bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else.
Have you found a definition that you would agree to?
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If they're going to use derogatory terms to label domain investors, then should do the same to the other side:

Domain Hobo

A Domain Hobo is an uninformed buyer who foolishly thinks that valuable domains can be purchased for the change he or she just found in the couch and when confronted with the real-world market value, exhibits both anger and an extreme and pathological "right of possession" for said domains.

Synonyms: Bum, Loser, Psycho, Time-waster, Idiot
the "bad faith" part is key for me here, just like it's in the UDRP.

Exactly, and buying or selling has absolutely nothing to do with it.

The term "Domain Squatter" is a true misnomer (invented by slack-jawed domain buyers) as you did pay for and own current rights to the domain, and it should really be called "IP Squatting".

You're not squatting on the domain itself, you're potentially squatting on someone else's IP and therefore could lose rights to the domain.

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