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Copyright Issue on my PBN

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by nickcookies, May 22, 2016.

  1. nickcookies

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    Recently I bought an expired domain, use as a pbn and repost the articles from waybackmachine as well as the logo.

    After several week the previous owner of the site contact me by email and claimed that it is illegal to use the logo, suspect me using the site to scam his customers, and want to sue me for over a million.

    I have change the logo and site title. And now is it ok if I just ignore him and continue to use the site as my pbn? I don't want to reply him as it will expose my real identity.
     
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    Remove logos brand names, trademarks, any commercial or non commercial info and you will be safe.
     
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  3. laur.laurix

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    And try to resell him the website he clearly cares about it.
     
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    They will always try however, in most cases it is nonsense and you gat ignore it unless they are really holding any trademarks or copyrights!
     
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    Remove the logos and ignore him.
     
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    he probably wants the domain back. why would he be interested in suing you if he made the business expire.
     
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    I suppose to google it if it's even a real company, because if it's some crazy person and he didn't even register his brand, he probably can't do anything :)
     
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    One who didn't bother to pay for renewal is not going to sue you.
     
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    Try to sell him the domain back for $xx.xxx.
     
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    There was a thread which was posted from the other side yesterday from an user who lost his domains and saw the content used again.
    If you are using html content, it could be the same person, odds are thin that it is the person who is threatening you, but we never know ;)
     
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    That would be the funniest thing ever.
     
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  12. nickcookies

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    I may try to sell back to him for quick money:D
     
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    I just do them myself in photoshop. If you learn you can do 1 logo in 10 mins or quicker.
     
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    trying to sell the domain back to him would be the best way to get out of it.
     
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    Unless you are actually scamming his customers, you have nothing to worry about. Just remove the trademarked logos and other materials and you'll be fine.
     
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    Just remove the logo and you will be safe.
     
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    The domain expired and you purchased the domain. But you still dont have any rights to use the logo or the content of the previous owner.
    Remove the content, the logo and If there are no copyright issues anymore, then you can ignore his emails.
    And dont think you are safe because of whois protection. Most of the domain providers or hosting companies are willing to publish the registrant data in cases of copyright infringement to prevent legal consequences.
    Its not a big deal to purchase some fiver gigs to get unique content and a logo.
     
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    Ah, the reach of BHW and the benefits of being a member :)


    Sell him the domain back? Yes, fair enough. Offer to sell him back the content that he created? Dick move!!

    To be honest you don't own the content or the site. The only thing that expired was the domain and that is all you purchased when you registered the domain. I think that is what you need to remember in this.

    As soon as someone creates original written work it becomes their copyright - that is the bottom line. You can argue about will he put in the effort to take action against me and "Can I just ignore him" etc when the guy lives the other side of the world but if this guy lived a few street away and came round to your house with a very 'persuasive' manner (read baseball bat, 5 mates and an angry pit bull dog) would you still hand him his content back, which is his anyway?

    Shez
     
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    If they are trademarked/registered then yes listen to him.

    Otherwise, he can try but it will be a waste of money if he even tries legal action.
     
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