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Almost got a Lawsuit from WebEx Corp.

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by norway000x, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. norway000x

    norway000x Junior Member

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    Hi,

    I just got a letter from WebEx saying that if I didn't delete the WebEx domains I have, they'll file charges!

    First when I saw the letter I thought (finally) my new business cards had arrived... I excitingly ripped the letter open...

    I almost shit my self...

    The moral; DON'T PUT A CORPORATE NAME IN A DOMAIN YOU ARE GOING TO USE!

    But I think if you just buy domain names and do not use them, you could sell them to the company for a lump sum? (if they contact you saying they want to purchase it...)

    Take care! :cool:
     
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  2. jodys

    jodys BANNED BANNED

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    That is exactly right. You'll find out real quick how serious Corps are about protecting their copyright. They don't play games and the law is on their side. If your domain creates any sort of "consumer confusion" they will sue you and even if you think you have a chance to win - it will cost you $30,000 just to find out. If you lose it will cost you closer to a million. Never mess with a copyright - it cost me $180k ($80k of my money and $100k of Insurance money) to learn this lesson.
     
  3. tiyarli

    tiyarli Junior Member

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    Geez, what a costly mistake to make!

    It's not really worth the trouble running after popular corporate names for a domain.
     
  4. jodys

    jodys BANNED BANNED

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    You're absolutely correct - my mistake was back in 1998, way before we have the information we have today. I can't disclose the company but it was a large Corporation that I felt had ripped me off, they had the domain.net domain so I bought the domain.com and duped their site with nothing but bad customer testimonials and then beat them like a drum in the SERPS. While they did finally admit they broke their contract with my corporation and defrauded me out of $2,000 it didn't relieve the copyright lawsuit for $250,000. We settled in mediation for $180,000, release of the domain name to them and non-disclosure of the incident. They are still a POS business stealing thousands from unsuspecting clients.
     
  5. ricaum

    ricaum Registered Member

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    yup domain squatting is punished with empalament
     
  6. Deviance

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    Real blackhat kool kids recieve ''we are going to sue your ass'' letters on a weekly basis.
     
  7. norway000x

    norway000x Junior Member

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    You mean to protect your self with a WhoisGuard on the domain?
    Then they can't figure out who you are, right?
    (I have WhoisGuards on almost all my domains, but not for my norwegian domains... not allowed to have WhoisGuard on then (.no) )
     
  8. welshman

    welshman Power Member

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    lol, this is so spooky. I was just reading this when my email popped up with new mail and i had got an email from webex as well. But they were sending me some spam about discussing my company's IT needs. lol. Reported them for spam for you norway000x :)
     
  9. dmt1101

    dmt1101 Newbie

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    Your not protecting urself, with private whois, thats just so the avg browser cant lookup ur info, if court ordered or anyone reallywants that info the registrar will hand it over, ive made up stories and gotten registrars to just give me private who is. If there is a court order involved they give it up just as easy, plus it looks suspect to google when u use private who is. it builds no trust with them.
     
  10. OldMadHatter

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    I do not agree with the Google part suggested by dmt1101 (but I am sure some will quote Catt Mutts on this and that - that guy's ramblings can cover anything), I second his opinion on any private whois service - they fold with a phonecall, forget the warrant.

    Had to <sic> take an affiliate competitor out of business recently and this was the preferred method. Don't expect to steal any traffic with a stunt like this and not get caught. You cannot sell squatty domains to their rightful owners - the court will force you to release them for free and pay for the proceedings. Just stay clean, if you're not in China or something like that.
     
  11. GetThatMoney

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    Yeah agreed on domain privacy. Your registrar will give your name up at the tiniest hint of a threat.
     
  12. JJameson

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    fake the whois info.... doh. and then use paypal to pay for everything and just temporarily add the "fake email" to your allowed paypal emails.

    I do have a question though in regards to trademark infringement. If they have let their trademark expire (checking using the http://tess2.uspto.gov/ ) are you a potential for a lawsuit?
     
  13. jodys

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    In the USA ANY ONE can sue you for just about any reason. It will cost you money to "win" which in my opinion is losing. Easier to stay under radar and not press issues. Some Corps will sue you just because they know they can bully you around if you don't have money to defend yourself.
     
  14. richcamp

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    Yeah and being in china or whatever third world countries will not help you either, they may not be able to sue you but they can still take the domain away from you
     
  15. icedragon

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    Well, there are certain ways to steer clear of copyright infringement, but they are not lucrative.

    I own a few [insertcompanynamehere]sucks.com websites. From research and rebuttals to their lawyers, it appears as long as you make it clear you have no affiliation with the real company on the website, don't slander with lack of proof, and don't use the domains for profit, there is not a thing they can do to you. For the record, I have schooled the "lawyers" that tried to scare me into submission by rebutting them and citing precedents and trial names and dates.

    Funnily they usually don't reply.

    YMMV.

    *footnote* you better have a good ass disclaimer.