Feeds

Cybersquatting, the Procter & Gamble way

There be one rule for the rich and one for t' poor, I tell yer

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Procter & Gamble has announced it is selling off nearly 100 domain names that it has no plans for.

The monster company's huge number of recognised brand names - including Pringles, Pantene, Ariel and Crest - will of course not be available, but there are some real gems here, including flu.com, beautiful.com, romantic.com, scent.com, sensual.com and thirst.com.

Procter & Gamble had no idea what these names might be worth and blimey were they surprised when Greatdomains.com reckoned it could get about $1 million for flu.com. Still, that's just a part of life when you're an international conglomerate with gazillion-pound turnovers. Oh ho, chuckle chuckle.

But wait a cotton-picking minute. Why is it that whenever anyone puts up a domain name for sale they get out the red-hot brand of CYBERSQUATTER! Yet when Procter & Gamble does it, it's welcomed as a great opportunity? Shurely shume mishtake.

No, not really, just the American ideal that a rich man is a good man. Make enough money and everything you do is right. Companies, being richer, are therefore more important than individuals (so they can pressure them to hand over legitimately held URLs) and big companies are more important than small ones. Procter & Gamble is more important than just about every company on the planet.

And that is why we should all applaud P&G to have the foresight, the nous, the goddamn balls to understand where the Internet was going and get in there first. I tell you boy, that's why it's got as far as it has today. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.