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Apple Copyrights

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by simno, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. simno

    simno Junior Member

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    Hi everybody,
    I just want to ask do I damage Apple's copyrights if I have site like this: www free-apple com? If I do, how the owners of this site and plenty of other sites not getting arrested or some stuff like that? Thank u for your time!
     
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  2. riderblogger

    riderblogger Junior Member

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    don't try to copy apple
    if your site is about giving free apple (fruits), i think that's no problem
     
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  3. phr0zt

    phr0zt Regular Member

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    You wouldn't get arrested, you'd get a C&D. And they would likely request a domain transfer to give them control of their intellectual property. I wouldn't recommend building a business around a copyrighted keyword--if it gets big enough it'll get taken away for sure. Just because some competitors have sites/domains built around apple products/keywords today, doesn't mean they'll be there tomorrow.
     
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  4. simno

    simno Junior Member

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    @riderblogger thanks for answer, bro:)
    Thanks, mate for your answer. It's really was helpful. I appreciate it.


    For people who want to create smth related to copyright content: Think about that first! I was working with my site about two weeks 12hours per day and when I done it, CPA said that I can't use copyrighted trademark and now I now that I can't even use this site for other stuff.. :)
     
  5. phr0zt

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    Glad to help you clear it up =) Sorry to hear about your domain... in cases like that it's smarter to have a generic keyword related to your niche, and listing products that way, as you'll be affiliate marketing, not blatantly trying to use their keywords against them.
     
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    First, this is not copyright, but a trademark issue. The law states that a trademark holder must defend their TM or risk losing it. That is one reason why big companies have a ton of lawyers just working on this. If you use Apple in the domain name and the site has to do with Apple products you run the risk of violating their trademark. The legal standard is if an ordinary person would likely mistake your site for an official Apple site. So, there are a few sites like AppleInsider that use the TM'd name, but are OK. Under no circumstances should you use the Apple logo without legal permission (which you will never get).
     
  7. phr0zt

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    ah yes, I put copyright but meant trademark, been a long day lol. You're absolutely right though.
     
  8. Autumn

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    Apple is hardcore about protecting their brand and they will come after you with all guns blazing to get their domain. I know a few people with apple domains who have been bullied into handing them over.

    They are especially hardcore about using the word "free" in relation to their products, because they want to protect their image as a high quality brand. For example, if you run giveaways for ipads etc. then they won't let you use the word "free" in your promotional text.
     
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    Dude be careful when handling apple. They wont leave you easy if you fuck with them. :D
     
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    Will they come after him though if he's talking about fruits?
     
  11. Autumn

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    It depends... You wouldn't think so, but here's a story about how Apple Inc. came after a mom-and-pop restaurant in Luxembourg because the name of the business was "Apple A Day": http://apple.slashdot.org/story/11/11/03/2014255/apple-threatens-bistro-over-appleaday-name

    In any case I wouldn't try to build any kind of long term web asset on a domain name with the word "apple" in it.
     
  12. Junkfood00

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    That is quite ridiculous IMO. If I decide to build a website about the benefits of the apple fruit, I'm not allowed to do so because of some stupid computers company.

    Let's trademark the whole dictionary and start a big trademark war.
     
  13. simno

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    what a bullsh*t, huh?:soapbox: my domain have both - apple and free.. and what if my site would about free apple's products but site's domain would'nt have apple word?
    how do you think how long I would maintain the website if it would be going? damn, I starting to hate Apple.. :O

    Thank you, guys for the answers :)
     
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    Why is apple considered such a "liberal" compnay and idolized so much when they do such bad things?
     
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    I have one domain containing both "apple" and "iphone", would it be stupid to drive some cpa traffic to this site?