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A question about TRADEMARK

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by kikiriki, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. kikiriki

    kikiriki Power Member

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    Hey guys i just want to make sure i will not make a mistake and build a site
    on a trademark or brand name.
    My question is this:

    If my domain name contains: a song name, a movie name, a game name, a
    car name or even a drug or name, will that consider to be a trademark or
    something wrong?
    If i use the word Iphone or Youtube in my domain, will somone get mad about it?
    I am asking because i have an option to buy a lot of available keywords like
    movienamreview.com or iphoneblabla.com and stuff like that.

    So someone please clear this out for me.
    Thank you.
     
  2. jascoken

    jascoken Senior Member

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    Any URL which contains a trademarked term can be considered by an IP lawyer as infringement...

    They can claim it's success is due to leeching off the authority of the brand name. You may get a cease and desist letter, or you may be really unlucky and just get them take yout to court (assuming you're in a country with suitable laws)
     
  3. prats2992

    prats2992 Junior Member

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    I would really advise you to stay away from them.

    One of my friends owned http://geniebrareviewsx.com/

    which was ranking for the keyword "Genie Bra Reviews" and was making

    him a nice 2K every month on autopilot.

    But one fine day, the company contacted him and asked him to take the domain

    down.

    So trust me, you are better off going with domains which does not have a trademark name in it.
     
  4. poweronics

    poweronics Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I agree with him as this happens sometimes and you get yourself in trouble. So better avoid that.
     
  5. phlex

    phlex Registered Member

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    Not worth it. I know a few people who had to give up their website because of the use of registered trademarks in the domain name.

    However, might still depend on which kind of TLD you use / where the registry is located, where you and your website are located and so on. You'd still piss some people off but they might not be able to take down your site that easily. But again, it's not worth it... with good SEO you don't really need the registered trademark in your domain name. Why take the risk?
     
  6. mojamalatajna

    mojamalatajna Regular Member

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    Ok so what about all those iphone5 sites and according to this we cant make niche sites that are close to games and movies ? WTH ?
     
  7. kikiriki

    kikiriki Power Member

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    Good question, i would like to know the answer as well please.
     
  8. ihsan2all

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    Just Take It, Make some profit, If the trademark owner ask you to take it down, just shut it down and run. It's no problem coz you have get the profit. :D

    In case, the problem come if the owner of trademark brings you to the court and ask an indemnity.
     
  9. Clemenza

    Clemenza Registered Member

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    Best advice is to ask the company directly - explain your intentions... save a copy of what they say (if it's a yes) and you're good to go.
     
  10. Oukast

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    Of course not - it's still the TM. But the thing is, that (depending on the type of the site), the original company might just be able to reap revenue themselves, and thus leave your site alone.

    For a blunt example, take "fake iphone4" and "iphone 4 covers". First one obviously would be (possible) loss for the company due to the counterfeit item, but the second one can only increase sales, since people have no use for the said covers unless they have the iPhone.
    I know for majority of the sites this might be just a line drawn to water, but you'll get the idea.
     
  11. HazardPT

    HazardPT Registered Member Premium Member

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    Trust me. If you contact them first they will ask you to shut it down.

    Like others said...make money on it first. If they contact you afterwards, you can shut it down once they make the request.

    I'm speaking from experience also.
     
  12. kikiriki

    kikiriki Power Member

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    Last question that i have about this is if including a state or city name in the domain
    is wrong and can get some troubles?
    Like NewYorkMortgage or something like that?
     
  13. BufferOver

    BufferOver Regular Member

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    How about game name, football club?
     
  14. kikiriki

    kikiriki Power Member

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    Yes i want to know that too.
     
  15. zerospin

    zerospin Newbie

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    How can I know my domain name does not contain some little known trademark? Are there sites where this can be checked?