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Exactname.com purchased of a potential very famous person... advice please!

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by muchacho, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. muchacho

    muchacho Supreme Member

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    Long story short, a few months ago I heard about someone who would be on our screens in the UK.

    They appeared on screen and now has a lot of people talking about them due to her ability.

    I purchased exactname.com as was surprised to see it was available.

    To my surprise, a major newspaper came to my door(!) and wanted to ask me for my thoughts on what I was going to do with the domain and how I originally saw this person. I was told people have tried to profit on the success of people.

    I kept it brief and just said how I may make a fan page but had no plans as to whether I would sell it or not.

    I'm just wondering if there's anyway I could have the domain taken off me? She's only been on the TV once so isn't exactly a household name.... yet. The way things are going, she's going to be a very well known name in the next few months.

    I'd have thought there's absolutely nothing wrong purchasing an exactname.com unless someone had the name copyrighted beforehand... i.e DavidBeckham.com

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. extremeboy

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    I don't think so it is against law of ICANN because you bought the domain first so it is your property.

    And you have great opportunity to sold it in nice price as it is premium domain now if you like :)
     
  3. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Names cannot be trademarked,but the person could sue if there was infringing content on the page.
     
  4. muchacho

    muchacho Supreme Member

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    Can you give some examples please?

    You mean something such as copyright or something slanderous against that person?

    What if it was simply a fan page for that person?
     
  5. JohnnyRabbit

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    Make a fan page and then monetize it easy.
     
  6. thinkdevoid

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    You'd be surprised about what people try to get away with when it comes to wanting a domain name or some form of username. I once had a client who gave away a twitter account because someone threatened to bring lawyers.
     
  7. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    I mean that if its real name and not one of a band or a stage name,then it cannot be trademarked.

    I just got one today a few minutes ago,of someone that will be famous very soon. +1 to OP for the idea.
     
  8. DamnTees

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    Put a fanpage on it and then hope the owner of the name is flattered and not litigation hungry
     
  9. muchacho

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    Already done :)
     
  10. webdesign

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    Sell it before you get any legal trouble because you will.

    I owned a .com for a fairly unknown celeb and STILL got a C&D from their lawyer, more trouble than it's worth.
     
  11. sip

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    just setup a few pages link to amazon and ebay listings and leave it to make some money.

    if it needs seo for specific films then do that .
     
  12. LBrown

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    Names can be trademarked. I'm pretty sure Sarah Palin trademarked her name, and Bristol too. But if you buy the domain before they trademark it you are fine, I think.