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Copyright Infringement letter from Zynga...

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Quattroporte, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Quattroporte

    Quattroporte Regular Member

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    I have "Zynga" in a domain name I own, and I just received an e-mail from ip@mm-zynga.com saying to discontinue any use of the domain. Is this real? I see other sites with Zynga in it, that have been up for quite some time now...what should I do?
     
  2. Ptrick125

    Ptrick125 Regular Member

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    What exactly is the domain name?
     
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    TheeAriGrande Regular Member

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    The email address seems legit.

    Was there any contact information in the email, there should be. If there is then I would say it's legit. If you want to be even more sure, then call the number that was in the email and talk to someone.
     
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  4. HerpDerpSlerp

    HerpDerpSlerp Power Member

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    is the content related in any way to facebook games or fee to pay games in general? is it a fan site and you outranked them in keywords?
     
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    Nordajgt Regular Member Premium Member

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    Definitely not someone you want to have legal battles with.
     
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  6. Quattroporte

    Quattroporte Regular Member

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    No, no contact information, just

    In view of your violation of Zynga's rights, we demand that you provide written assurances within 7 days that you will:

    1. Immediately discontinue any and all use of the Domain Name; and
    2. Immediately and permanently refrain from any use of the term Zynga Poker or any variation thereof that is likely to cause confusion or dilution.

    I look forward to hearing back from you within the above-mentioned time frame.

    Regards,



    Zynga Inc.
     
  7. Gogol

    Gogol Elite Member

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    It should be legit. Check the whois for mm-zynga.com:
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    http://who.is/whois/mm-zynga.com
    Mark Monitor handles these for them.
     
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    FJX Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Dude it's mm-zynga, not zynga. Does that mm-zynga.com got something to do with the real Zynga?
     
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    Gogol Elite Member

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    Yes, Mark Monitor owns that domain. They are definitely partnered.
     
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    easycash27 Senior Member

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    It´s legit, do what they are asking you to do, is just not worth it.

    zynga.jpg
    zyngamm.jpg

    I had an email from a very big company asking me bassically the same, it just doesnt matter what your site content is, if their name is your domain and they have caught you, just remove the site and do whatever they said you.
     
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  11. Quattroporte

    Quattroporte Regular Member

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    OK, how can I delete the site? I disabled the auto-renewal for the domain, changed back the nameservers to the default GoDaddy ones, removed the Webmaster Tools, removed the hosting...is there anything else I can do?
     
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    Trepanated Supreme Member

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    Zynga protect their intellectual property fiercely and are also litigious.

    It's ironic since they made their money by shamelessly ripping off other studio's games.

    I would comply, as even though they have been shedding staff and losing market share and value, they still have deep pockets and expensive lawyers.
     
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    It sounds like you've done as much as you can really to adhere to their request.

    Perhaps you could reply to the initial email you received and inform them that you've taken their advice and actioned their request to discontinue using the domain.

    I'm certain if there is anything else they need/want done re:getting rid of your infringing site, they'll be sure to let you know.

    If that's the end of it, just breath of sign of relief and appreciate the decent-sized bullet you've dodged here.
     
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