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Ever been copied - what would you do.

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DebbieSprules, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. DebbieSprules

    DebbieSprules Senior Member

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    Ever had someone register a URL with the same company name as yours in a different country, and set up pretty much the same thing as you?

    So you are acmebidding.com and sell stamps
    and they are acmebidding.othercountry and sell stamps very similarly!

    I guess copyright means nothing as you cannot copyright a name of a business or a website name, and Tm s are useless unless you have one that covers the territory and is exact.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Marcink99

    Marcink99 Power Member

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    is your company registered as a corporation?
     
  3. Lazlo1967

    Lazlo1967 Junior Member

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    The use of the company name actually falls under trademark, but you need to apply for it with USPTO. The actual copy (words) and design of your site is automatically copyrighted when you publish it. However, taking legal action against somebody or company in a foreign country would be very expensive. So, unless you plan to do big business there it's probably not worth it.
     
  4. theonly1

    theonly1 BANNED BANNED

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    Is your company registered as a corporation?
    -this!
    Btw,this happens all the time and you shouldn't be surprised at all ...
     
  5. evilclown

    evilclown Senior Member

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    If you have a TM you submit a complaint, cost about $250 and ICAAN would help you and you can go prose and shutdown the copycat. Now a Copyright (c) is not a TradeMark (tm), or a Register brand (r). They are 3 different things and they are very different laws. I am not a lawyer, or giving you legal advice.
     
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  6. wisterhound

    wisterhound Newbie

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    Going after someone in a different county legally would cost you quite a pretty buck. However, you can try contacting them yourself or even a simple letter from your lawyer stating that they are in fault and they need to take down anything similar to your company and products and if they don't THEN you will take the specific action to have that taken care of.