1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Can they take my domain? Legal Advice might be needed!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by royalslim, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. royalslim

    royalslim Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Messages:
    237
    Likes Received:
    39
    Occupation:
    Website Design and Internet Consulting
    Location:
    United States
    So basically I have a .com and the other people who are based in Liverpool have the .co.uk domain. They have a LTD, currently I don't have any sort of license. I'm starting to rank well and its a legit marketing business that I am launching in 2012.

    If they have a LTD and are in Liverpool, can they take my domain for infringing on something? I am based in the U.S. If they can take it, can I get an LLC or LTD to make sure that doesn't happen?

    Please need everyone's input!

    Edit: They also are in the same marketing industry.
     
  2. mointernet

    mointernet Regular Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2008
    Messages:
    315
    Likes Received:
    151
    no worries about this... if they have all the rights then all UK businesses will be claiming all the .com TLD of their business names.
     
  3. mcc777

    mcc777 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    Ohio
    Home Page:
    You have little to worry about. I could tell you more but the mods software thinks I'm trying to sell you something and has a problem with all my post yet they want me to keep making post to overcome the limit - how dumb is that?
     
  4. christoss1959

    christoss1959 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2010
    Messages:
    894
    Likes Received:
    1,150
    Home Page:
    If they only have UK rights then you don't have a problem but if they start trademarking it worldwide you may have a problem.
     
  5. Biggles

    Biggles Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2011
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    25
    Your only issue would be if their name is a trademark. In which case, it's feasible they try legal action to get the domain. But you'd have to be a significant threat to them and they'd need to consider it worth the legal fees.
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  6. royalslim

    royalslim Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Messages:
    237
    Likes Received:
    39
    Occupation:
    Website Design and Internet Consulting
    Location:
    United States
    Thank you, I looked into a little more and you were absolutely right, again thank you so much, I was being a bit paranoid.
     
  7. dtang4

    dtang4 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2010
    Messages:
    291
    Likes Received:
    43
    In addition to the term being trademarked, I think you would need to be using the domain name in a way that is clearly taking advantage of their trademark for it have legal ground. For instance, if their company is bottsberry farms (@ bottsberry.co.uk) and your site is bottsberry technology consulting services (@ bottsberry.com)... I don't think they can sue you for using their trademarked name.