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Can I Get Sued For Saying *Trademark Name Here* Sucks?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by hydroflame7, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. hydroflame7

    hydroflame7 Junior Member

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    Hi, so I'm wondering if I can get sued for saying a big trademarked company name sucks? I'm not going to name the company but I've brought them over 80k in legit 100% whitehat sales in the last 16-17 days and cj + the company basically decided to screw me over :(

    So now I'm wondering if i buy the domain "blahblahsucks.com" and outbid them on Google, can I get sued for this? Will this be considered trademark infringement?

    Thanks.
     
  2. hydroflame7

    hydroflame7 Junior Member

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    Ah thanks! Btw, did I just get stuffed from visiting your site? lol
     
  3. heiny

    heiny Regular Member

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    It's defamation or whatever it's called. Of course they can slap a civil lawsuit on you for talking bad about their name; will they do it is up to their legal team + if they have the $$$ to throw away just to rip you a new a-hole.
     
  4. thedorf

    thedorf Senior Member

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    I think it is legal to say "my opinion is xyz sucks" - anyone else agree / disagree with this?
     
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    TermsB Senior Member

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    You're perfectly fine, here is what you're looking for.

    "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."

    And no you don't need to worry about the posts saying "They still can but than you'll have to pay to defend yourself." The courts have to approve the cases, which they won't.
     
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  6. mrgoodbytes

    mrgoodbytes Newbie

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    They can sue you, but they won't win. Personal opinion is protected from libel and slander lawsuits by the First Amendment. (If you're not a US citizen, different laws may apply depending on your jurisdiction.)

    The problem is, they might sue you even if they KNOW they can't win. Then you still have to pay to defend yourself in court...or accept their settlement, which will almost always involve pulling down your site.
     
  7. heiny

    heiny Regular Member

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    Some companies got a jar of quarters they need to throw away anyway so why not just sue left right and center. Look at Microsoft for example. Too much $$$ for their own good and need to police the Internet.
     
  8. gbmack

    gbmack Power Member

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    You can get sued for anything.
     
  9. TheSlugClub

    TheSlugClub BANNED BANNED

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    yes you could get sued for defamation
     
  10. blazed

    blazed Junior Member

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    YES!!! you can def get sued for registering a domain like that... but probably the worst that will happen is that they will file a WIPO and get ownership of the domain
     
  11. Silencer

    Silencer Senior Member

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    It good it's your opinion!
     
  12. heiny

    heiny Regular Member

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    Unless you're abroad (any non-given EU country as they'll work with the US attorneys) then you should be ok. If you're in the US just put an X on your body at where you'd like the company to rip you a new hole.

    You normally dont sue to get OWNERSHIP. You sue to scare the owner into the idea that they may just have to put their own money out - now would you do that or would you comply with their request? I know most people would choose the latter unless YOU also have the $$$ to spend on a defense lawyer.