After what was a pretty obvious application of the ICANN anti-squatting policy, it seems Google has now gained control of GooglePlay.com from an ad-serving Japanese squatter. Google filed a complaint under ICANN anti-squatting regulations, and after the case's short stint at the National Arbitration Forum (a non-court but legally binding decision-making body in the US), Google now shows as the registrant of GooglePlay.com.

A quick 'whois' of the domain yields the following:

While the page in question still loads, it shows that the domain has been seized (according to Google Translate), and a change in registrant information usually indicates that either the squatter has given up the domain freely, or a decision has been reached and the domain seized by ICANN, beginning the process of transfer of ownership.

Either way, it looks like GooglePlay.com is at least on its way into the hands of Google.

via Fusible

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  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Good! Now Google need to get GooglePlus.com. AFAIK, it isn't owned by anybody yet.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ bwbloom

    Oh man, my buddy from college is going to pissed when he finds out this is possible.

    He and another guy started snatching up domains they considered might be valuable and have been paying to simply hold them down every year.

    HAHA now I don't need to worry about missing out on getting in on the ground floor of Being A Dick Enterprises.

    • Clint Pedersen

      Well, that may or may not be an issue. It's an issue of your buddy is purchasing domains with the intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. In this case, Google.

      However, it is totally legal to purchase domains that could be seen as valuable. For example, let's say your buddy purchased http://www.ilikepickles.com. 2 years later, a company is formed called I Like Pickles. They cannot force your buddy to give up ownership of his domain since he had no idea that someone would start a company with that name.

      • http://meatcastle.com/ bwbloom

        I can't tell what that means for me.
        Should I go back to worrying about missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime?

        • Eric dube

          Aka if they bought the name of an existing company in hopes they will want it, they will lose. If they bought domains for fun (I like pickles) and then a company comes out with a product called I like pickles then they will have to buy you out. Simple?

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  • Madfatter

    this is such bullshit. just becasue a company is huge and has endless resources, they should not be allowed to wrestle a domain out from someone, even if they are squatting. Its completly unacceptable that this is allowed. So what if this guy bought it with the intent to profit off of it. This is no different than collecting something with the intent to sell it later at a profit.

  • yasmeen

    How do i download the google play store app on my nook color