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Buying Expired Domains & Legalities

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by msoon77, May 21, 2017.

  1. msoon77

    msoon77 Registered Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I have a question:

    Have any of you ever come across any issues with buying an expired domain, restoring the website then have its previous owner threaten you to either take it down or return it to him/her?
     
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    Never had it happen but it may.

    The domain is one thing, the content in it belongs to its author for 3 (i think) decades per US copyright law. That's in theory.

    But I doubt this would ever end up in court for small sites.

    If you do it against big sites though, you may be in some trouble cuz big brands have tons of lawyers sitting around waiting for this kind of situation.

    Suppose some car model site or movie launch domain is forgotten, you buy it and recover the content. That brand is probably gonna come after you.
     
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    Hey Barto. Thanks for the reply. Yeah it makes sense.

    What about DMCA take-downs with small to medium type websites? Can they contact your hosting and claim that the content used to be theirs?
     
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    Unless you are trying to supplant them or you hacked them, i dont think there is a legal resource that would be used against you
     
  5. msoon77

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    Thanks.
     
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    I've had it happen, so did some of my clients. And it happens more often than you would think. If you restore the previous content, some people might get pretty pissed about that.
     
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    At which point do you say "okay I'd better take this down"?

    Taking it down and replacing it with some other new content might cause Google to devalue all the link authority.
     
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    I personally never rebuild the websites. It's because this, but mainly, I want my PBNs to be laser targeted when it comes to niche relevancy.

    As soon as you get a request to take the content down, do it.
     
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    if the restored original content is not present and indexed on other website, ask for proof to see if they are the rightful owners of the content. If they can't provide it you are safe because G ask to see the original source of content for which you file the dmca. Also use common sense.
     
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    Nargil: Hmmm. If you do buy expired domains, what do you do with them then?
     
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    Yeah good call :)
     
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    I do not buy expired domains, considering I am selling them. And I set up new sites, obviously. Not like rebuilding them is the only way.
     
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    You can buy high authority domains.
     
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    Yeah at a cut throat price.
     
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    Don't you think it matches my situation, the domain i bought.
     
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    If you encounter those, you can comply by just taking down the website and move on.