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Cybersquatter Attempts to Hold Google to Ransom
A hopeful German cybersquatter, who has registered several Domains which resemble the Google trademark, has demanded a job from the Internet giant in return for relinquishing the domain names.
Sebastian Klein, who has registered such domains as translategoogle.de and adwordsgoogle.de, wrote to Google demanding that they give him a job which would allow him to visit his daughter regularly in Cologne, and even specified the field in which he would like to work. However, competition for employment with Google is strong, with over 3000 applications for jobs being received every day. Google was also ranked no. 1 in a review of top employers this year.
Employees enjoy gourmet cooking, attractive stock options, free medical care, and a wide range of leisure activities at the Mountain View headquarters. Google’s encouragement of innovation and hard work is attractive to many workers.
Klein’s chances are not looking good: Google certainly has the legal and financial clout to win a domain name from him by making a complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the broken English in which Klein wrote his ransom note to the search engine company is unlikely to have impressed.