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Can I get around a Trademark by doing this?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Troshi, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Troshi

    Troshi Senior Member

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    So if I wanted Facebook in my domain, could I get around the trademark by doing just "fb" or could they still screw me? What about Microsoft "MS". ETC?
     
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    motzart Power Member

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    you would legally win, but that wouldn't stop them from DMCA'ing your ass and suing you, even if they knew they wouldn't win.

    do you really wanna go through all that trouble?
     
  3. Remington

    Remington Regular Member

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    The first thing to check is whether "fb" or "ms" is trademarked. I'm not sure about "fb," but I'm pretty sure I've seen Microsoft refer to itself as MS. If my memory is right that they do refer to themselves that way, you can bet it's trademarked.
     
  4. Troshi

    Troshi Senior Member

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    Well I've got a great FB related site, and I was going to register a domain like "FBShop.com"
     
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    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Interesting question, if you are so inclined to review FB's trademark patents, you can "easily" do this through the US Trademark site. I will be the first to admit it is really tough to find things, but you can find them, with lots of searching.

    However, I am not sure you are wanting that...

    Targeting domains and site with well established names is a tough call. On one hand you may see some immediate results, on the other, you could get shut down in time. I have heard of one case where someone actually did target these types of domains and it worked out very well for them.

    The only positive advice I might give is, you better have a clear product or service that you are going to sell immediately and hope for the best.

    Hope this helps!

    Shawn
     
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    CandyLand Regular Member

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    Facebook is notoriously dickish about harassing companies that want to profit off of them. I'm also 100% sure that they have phrases like "FB" copyrighted as well. You have to prepare for the worst with that one. You could go for a generic name, while having facebook-related content, but I wouldn't expect an easy time.
     
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    From the basic search I just was doing, there are 100s of people that have trademarked FB, but many of them have done so under an actual image. I.e. the logo, style, etc is what they have trademarked.... therefore, it might be something where as much as FB has wanted to trademark those two letters, they can only do so as a logo.
     
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    Go for it, the worst that will happen is a cease and desist letter and oh, losing all the time you put into the site. I've done the same with a crapple trademark and no problem to date.
     
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    ja1myn Senior Member

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    The Internet seems to be overflowing with Nazis lately who think they're lawyers. I wouldn't go through the trouble.