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Does having a tv program or shows name in domain violate trademark law?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by lucius, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. lucius

    lucius Power Member

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    hey guys

    I was just wondering if having a domain like one that has goodmorningamerica or any tv show or movie's name for that matter, in it could possibly violate trademark laws? Any insight would be appreciated.. thanks ahead.
     
  2. TermsB

    TermsB Senior Member

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    If you were trying to use that name to your advantage or to be deceptive than yes.
     
  3. lucius

    lucius Power Member

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    Also, what about having a popular person's name within a domain? does that violate trademark, too?
     
  4. lucius

    lucius Power Member

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    anyone?
     
  5. showbizvet

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    here's a google search that may shed some light.. but I'd be careful. I only got burned once by AARP for using their name in a URL. But I caved immediately, took the site down and transferred it to them. No real problems, unless you count the time and trouble of putting the site up to begin with..

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  6. bradsteves

    bradsteves Registered Member

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    The quick answer is yes, all of those things could run afoul of trademark law, depending on how you use them.

    If you are making money off the site (the purpose right?), then pretty much any lawyer would win a UDRP or ACPA against you.