Zynga has claimed control of the domain name farmville.co.uk from a Chinese cyberquatter.
The summary decision under Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service was made July 14, and posted to the Nominet web site today, but the Whois still shows the previous owner.
According to Whois records, the domain was registered July 1, 2009, just a couple of weeks after the popular FarmVille game launched on Facebook.
The domain currently resolves to a Sedo placeholder page.
If this proves anything, it’s that owners of rapidly growing web applications need to keep an eye on their brands in non-core TLDs, because cybersquatters are too.