Google learns the hard way that typosquatting is illegal. Google isn’t directly profiting by purchasing typo domains and generating revenue from ads on those sites. However they are allowing typo domains to run Google ads so they are definitely profiting from typo domains that are stealing traffic from popular brands and they are going to pay some serious fines.

Ben Edelman a Harvard professor says that Google is “selling keyword advertising on domains like expendia.com to Expedia  — that generates Google revenues of what Edelman “conservative[ly] estimate[s] at $497 million per year. Typosquatting is illegal.  See the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). ACPA statutory damages are $1,000 to $100,000 per domain name. If one takes those damages seriously, the statutory damages could be massive!”

Harvard Professor Sees Google’s Illegal Revenue Over $1 Billion – Forbes

Harvard Professor Sees Google’s Illegal Revenue Over $1 BillionForbesThen there’s typosquatting selling keyword advertising on domains like expendia.com to Expedia Expedia that generates Google revenues of what Edelman conservative[ly] estimat …