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Famous ppl domains trademark?

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by nisdee, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. nisdee

    nisdee Regular Member

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    Hey, can I have some problems if I flip domains with such as nickyminaj.com ?
    Do they have some kind of trademark or something?
     
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    nycdude Regular Member

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    I copy/pasted this from: http://www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/2013/11/06/domain-squatting/

    Basically, yes you could get into trouble if the famous person cares enough to sue.

    High-Profile Squatting Cases

    A few celebrities have had run-ins with domain squatters. Madonna won the domainmadonna.com from a man who had purchased it and turned it into an adult entertainment site. Julia Roberts also secured juliaroberts.com from a man who had created a fan site. When he put the domain up for auction on eBay, it got the attention of Roberts? lawyers, and the man soon found himself in court, ordered to hand over the domain to the actress.
    Another man, Mark Elsis, used domain squatting to further his personal environmental agenda. He made a practice of buying celebrity names as domains, but said any of those celebrities could have their domain names for free. All he asked in exchange was for the celebrity who received their domain name to read a document he had written about the destruction of the rain forest, and then use their celebrity to shed light on the situation. While he?s handed over numerous domains in this manner, celebrities such as Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, and Bette Midler have yet to reciprocate on his offer.
    Not every celebrity gains control of the domain bearing their name, though. In another high-profile case, singer Sting (born Gordon Sumner) lost his bid for sting.com when his lawyers were unable to prove that the man who had bought the domain did so in bad faith. Sting?s representatives claimed the domain owner had approached the singer, asking $25,000 for the domain, but again, Sting?s lawyers could not produce evidence of such a request, and the judge in the case denied Sting?s petition
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