pp. The practice of obtaining and holding an Internet domain name that uses a company's registered trademark name.
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or some, procuring a domain name and selling it to the highest bidder became a sport and a lucrative gamble. For others, it was a way to protect a valuable resource.

However, not all domain name conflicts arose from these acts, known as "cybersquatting."
—Stephen Sabludowsky, “Under Construction,” nder Construction, February 26, 1998
Another Australian name on Crouse's "for sale" list is www. Again, Foxtel has the address registered in Australia.

Foxtel's marketing communications manager and Webmaster, David Woolbank, wasn't aware of any problem. "It's the first time it's been brought to my attention. I'll have to look into it," he said.

Generally, the practice is known as "domain name speculation" or "cybersquatting," but Crouse insists he is doing Australian businesses a favour.
—Sue Lowe, “Dot and carry on,” Sydney Morning Herald, April 29, 1997
1995 (earliest)
If you just can't take any more of Barney, there are two places to visit. The first is intended for fans but still houses a number of Barney-hating cyber-squatters. Look for it at If you are admittedly less than a fan of "his purple-ness," head straight for the very popular alt.barney.dinosaur.die.die.die.
—Jaclyn Easton, “When baby talk isn't enough,” Los Angeles Times, August 06, 1995
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