Webwork - 3:57 pm on Jun 7, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: Webwork at 2:09 pm (utc) on Jun 8, 2011]
Typos squats of famous brands need to go.
Typo squats of generic/descriptive words that happen to be used by CompanyX, . . say Money.tld . . Meh. When you choose the widely used generic/descriptive word as your company name "the nibbling around the edges" is the price of successful "lazy man's" (smart woman's/man's) branding. (Folks who, in fact, at "looking for the real thing" - ex., money magazine - will quickly realize their error and the squat will not profit unless the magazine site isn't savvy enough to exclude bidding for squats of its own Web address.)
IF, OTOH, a squatter takes a version of Money.tld and puts up a "mimic copy" of the associated magazine on the typo of money . . well, that's just (fill in the blank). That person or entity should feel some pain.
Deliberate famous mark squats are the bane of the direct navigation market and the companies that particiate in "feeding that beast" should have felt the pain of their final death blow years ago. That such practices still (may/do) exist tells me that, as a cost of doing business, such squats really aren't that big of a bite out of the bottom line of the squattees.
Still, I'd like to see them go, once and for all. I'd say the best strategy is to nail such players "for their bad domains" and then levy, in Virginia, against whatever actualy good domains they may have and seize them at the registry level by court order.
THAT might inflict a bit of . . justice . . for the long term, hard core, "just don't give a frack" offenders. :-/
[edited by: Webwork at 2:09 pm (utc) on Jun 8, 2011]