Domain Registration Was Merely a "Defensive Domain Hold"

According to a Microsoft spokesman, the and domain registrations last week were nothing but "a defensive domain hold," in case of cybersquatting I suppose. I'd be inclined to believe them, if it weren't for this little rumor of them teaming up for a console. [@fxshaw via Kotaku]

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So if a person applies for a domain name they don't intend to use, it's squatting. But if a company does the same thing it's a defensive move??

Sure it's their company's name, but it they have a legal claim to it, then they shouldn't be worried about squatters to begin with. If they don't have a legal claim without registering it, then they shouldn't squat themselves and leave it open for someone who might use it.

A pre-emptive wrong isn't any better than a normal one.