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copyrights in domain names

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by frenchboy, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. frenchboy

    frenchboy Power Member

    Aug 19, 2008
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    I want to buy a domain (.com) with "msn" in it. such as msnxxxreview.com where xxx is the name of a product.

    my plan is to make it into an adsense blog (and add it to my collection :)) that would make most likely no more than 10$ per day.

    Is there a law agaisnt this kind of stuff?
  2. justone

    justone Elite Member

    Oct 12, 2008
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    They own MSN, damn it they own half of the world.
    I know a guy who had to pay pretty bad for using a word similar to a company name.
    He even had his domain registered before the company existed !

    So even if you are right in what you do, some asshole lawyer will still write you a letter and ask for money and the domain.
    Then it is up to you to comply or risk to get drawn into court.

    No idea how microsoft handles it but if they do not like you having a domain with "msn" in it, or if you make huge money with it they are likely to take it.
  3. SunTzuX

    SunTzuX Junior Member

    Sep 15, 2008
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    If you are implying a microsoft connection you'll hear from them, it will only be a matter of time. It's possible you may stay under their radar for awhile though.Even if your site uses MSN as a different acronym then microsoft network, you would have a fight on your hand to keep the domain if they go after you.

    Not sure what domain registrar you use, but if you are going to target copyrighted domains avoid Godaddy. They will put a freeze on it there is a formal complaint made and lock down your account until you pay them. (effecting other domains as well)

    Enom used to be decent for camping other domains, I've never had any problems with my typo domains with them. However maybe I've just been lucky.
  4. zx_81

    zx_81 Newbie

    May 10, 2008
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    If the domain content has no bearing on any of the trademarks pertaining to msn you might get away with it but presumably that's what you want it for so it's a bust from the get go.
  5. freqout

    freqout Regular Member

    Dec 1, 2008
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    Security Engineer
    San Francisco bay area
    They own the trademark to the name, *IF* you came up on their radar, your registar might cancel right off of the bat, but you might be able to fight this in the courts if you have a few hundred grand laying around. Read up on cases about this, trademark owners win out 99% of the time.