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Brand domain available to purchase - risky ?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by prouted, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. prouted

    prouted Newbie

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    Hi,

    I've noticed that a growing brand did not buy all domain extentions for its main domain nane (for instance, .co.uk, .fr, etc). I am considering buying some extensions to make money through affiliation programs using this brand's products to redirect traffic.

    - Do you think it's risky to do this ?
    - Does anyone have experience doing such thing ?
    - Do you think it's important to mention this is not the official site on the footer and in the disclaimer ?

    Many thanks in advance ;)
     
  2. Zak_A

    Zak_A Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    - Do you think it's risky to do this ?
    In the best case they won't care until you'll get a C&D letter one day or another and they'll ask you to give them the domain.
    In the worst case they'll sue you for trademark infringement, and this is likely to happen if you make money from the site.

    - Do you think it's important to mention this is not the official site on the footer and in the disclaimer ?
    If you decide to buy and use this domain, not mentioning this would be suicidal.
    If you don't they will not only sue you for trademark infringement, but also for unfair competition and some other fancy legal stuff that will make you wish you weren't born.
     
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  3. prouted

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    Thank you very much for your reply. This is exactly what I was worried about.

    What about buying the domain and contact them to try to sell it back making a few bucks on it ?
     
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    You'll either make a few bucks or a C&D letter if they don't want to pay.
    Not worth the hassle IMO.
     
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    I see your point ;) thank you
     
  6. Victoria Seo

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    Hmm and what is the big problem - just register the domain not in the USA and not under your name -and you will be safe - in the worst case they take it down - but it'll take long and you won't have to worry about any legal problems just because the domain is no in your name ;)
     
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    Thats true to some extent because instead of spending a fortune on legal issues, sometimes a company would buy the domain to avoid any legal hassle. I've done that in past and there's another success story by a fellow BHWer regarding the same. However, its only recommended if you are willing to assume the risk of legal problems.
     
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    It is bad bad bad idea. Companies will drag you to court for such issues. Steer clear of it.