On Wednesday night, an Argentinian bought ownership for the nation’s Google Domain for a simple 540 Argentine Peso. This as per the present money exchange rate, is $5.81 USD. Google domain clearly opened up after its past ownership terminated that very day. This caused a transitory closedown of the web crawler google.com.ar.
Google domain cybersquatting in Argentina
On Thursday, at 10:45 p.m., Nicolas Kuroña, tweeted, “I want to clarify that I entered http://nic.ar I saw the name of http://google.com.ar available and I legally bought it accordingly!”
Is cybersquatting a crime?
The term cybersquatting means to register unauthorized domains. And also the use of Internet domain names that are identical or similar to trademarks, company names, or personal names. Domain squatting is considered illegal. If a domain squatter can’t prove a legal intention in owning the domain name, it is considered to be illegal. And he or she is considered guilty of domain squatting.
Such action is named “Cybersquatting,” as revealed by MercoPress. Which alludes to the demonstration of holding, enrolling, purchasing, or offering a domain to benefit off of the legitimate proprietor’s name acknowledgment. The expiration dates of spaces are freely accessible. And can undoubtedly be gotten through the enlistment of sites such as, like nic.ar.
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It is conceivable that Google Argentina basically forgot to renew the google.com.ar domain. And during the short slip by, Kuroña saw the opportunity and took it.
“It is all legal!!,” Kuroña tweeted. Minutes after the activity, MercoPress confirmed that Google Argentina successfully recovered its Google domain and restored service to users across the country within a few hours.
Meanwhile, Google refused to comment on the matter further. Well, they refused to speak up, but Google should probably take care of the expiration dates.