This summer, Google announced that a new project would revolutionize online communication. My guess is that somehow word of the project leaked out sometime around the summer of 2007 – or someone was really good at guessing potential project names. Google Wave is a communication platform developed by brothers Jens and Lars Rasmussen, the guys who also created Google Maps.
Unfortunately for Google, they didn’t have the foresight to register GoogleWave.com while the project was being developed. In fact, it was initially registered back in July of 2007 to someone in Milpitas, California. Ironically, about four months ago, someone logged in to Yahoo Answers and posed the following question:
“I owned googlewave.com 2 yrs ago.Now google ask me to surrender the domain to them do i have th right to keep?
google sent letter to me and ask me to give up googlewave.com to them.Are there any lawyers like to take this case? I’m living in San Jose.
I disagree with the answer someone gave, but it doesn’t really matter. In my opinion, Google is entitled to the domain name, since they own the unique Google brand, and Google Wave is a product they developed.
Just a few days ago on September 25, 2009, the ownership of the domain name was transferred to Google. Google has changed the nameservers to its primary nameservers, but it still doesn’t resolve to their website. With Google Wave making mainstream news today as it goes into its beta stage with 100,000 testers, let’s hope they at least forward the traffic to the primary Wave page.
I bet there are a lot of people visiting GoogleWave.com today.