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Can we buy domain name of exsisting company ?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by solvemyhow, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. solvemyhow

    solvemyhow Newbie

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    Hello,

    I wanted to start domain flipping business ! But Is it legal to buy domain name of existing company with some modification/ changing.

    For example :- nike.com , addidas.com

    So, can we buy nikestore.com or nikeshop.com / addidas.com or addidasshop.com ????

    Please guide me :)
     
  2. HoneyHelper

    HoneyHelper Supreme Member

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    Yes it's legal! Go on!

    HONEY!
     
  3. PatvonB

    PatvonB Registered Member

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    I think it really depends on what country you live in. Here in Austria we unfortunately have some laws against domain grabbing since the mid 2000's. When the internet became more and more popular people started registering domains from well known brands - examples like you brought up in your opening post. That led to many legal issues between registrants and huge companies. Some of the companies were like "Don't bother, we'll just buy it off from this guy for 5k" but other companies started sueing the registrants. That of course led to trials in which the companies always won - the registrants had to hand out their domain to the company for free. So now we have laws & regulations on domain grabbing here in Austria.

    If I would do it here where I live, I would just do it with small businesses where to owners have no clue about what is going on. Targeting top brands like nike - no way. They have an army of legal assistants and lawyers who will get what they want to get from you.
     
  4. roadhamster

    roadhamster Regular Member

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    I don't wanna disappoint you, but claiming domains with a registered brandname or trademark in it can bring you into serious problems. The legal owner of a brandname can sue you for registering a domainname with his brandname in it. Read more about this here: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/dndr-2012-02-25-en

    So using addidas.com could bring you in trouble.

    Saying that this is legal is spreading false info.
     
  5. Sythix

    Sythix Senior Member

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    Go ahead and go for it and enjoy the cash while you can. Just don't drop the soap.
     
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    Can you give your name and your full identity to anyone?
     
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    Do not do it, many people have gotten in trouble by doing what you are asking about. I remember reading about a guy that was using the word "Instagram" in his domain name and after some months Instagram sent him a cease and desist order, claiming copyright infringement.