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Domain name legality

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by craigjarvis, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. craigjarvis

    craigjarvis Registered Member

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    Ok so in light of my recent C+D sent by Facebook, I had another trademark/domain question.

    I bought thewiihd.com a few weeks ago, with the intent of selling a converter that turns the Wii into an hd signal. (the product sucks so that idea is scrapped.) Then I was thinking, maybe the next Wii could be called the WiiHD, since that's a major feature missing from that platform.
    There currently is no such product, or any type of announcement of such a product. I had a coupon and bought it just on a hunch.

    Is this illegal since WII is in the name? What happens if Nintendo announces a new wii and it is indeed called The Wii HD?
     
  2. unknown1111

    unknown1111 Newbie

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    no problem as long as you dont have any wii related content on your page
     
  3. kez1000

    kez1000 Supreme Member

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    yeh i agree you should be ok
     
  4. CyrusVirus

    CyrusVirus BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    its not so much about what content you put on your site, its more or less about how you go about the name... lets say they do bring out a WiiHD. well. you you could have the explanation under your domain name saying "wii do HD" or use it as a stoner word for Weed. doesn't matter, as long as you don't say that WiiHD is infact a WiiHD , you could even do Wii-HD , spelling difference always makes a big difference.
     
  5. werrich

    werrich Regular Member

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    some companies go all out when it comes to fighting for their tmed names. if nintendo is one of those they could shut u down/take control of it since they do own the term wii. sometimes nothing happens but u never can really predict that.
     
  6. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Yeah, unless you can truely show that it doesn't stand for wii. Something like West Indies In High Definition could get away with it. They might still send a c&d, but they wouldn't take it to trial. The thing is, when you start removing spaces and scrunching words together to make a domain name their are lots of random letter combinations that can be created.

    Companies sometimes send a c&d based on their name being inside the domain name, but unless it's actually intended as such then there's no reason to give in to them. If you have a fan site for Reba McEntire called Reba Yearly Concert Schedule and you call it rebayearly.com, ebay would probably send you a c&d, but in that case you wouldn't need to cave in to them.
     
  7. welshman

    welshman Power Member

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    What about the fact that the domain name was created before the product was released? (If it ever does get released?)
     
  8. Chronos

    Chronos Junior Member

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    Maybe use Wii HD and only put a parking page up and iframe your e-mail at the top for 'offers' that they can send you for the domain.