According to a Microsoft spokesman, the Sony-Microsoft.com and Microsoft-Sony.com 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]
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.