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generic domain name enforceable?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by yggdrasil, May 17, 2014.

  1. yggdrasil

    yggdrasil Newbie

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    Hi fellows,

    May I know if a generic domain name like 1seo.com or seo.com is legally enforceable?

    Cause I manage to register a similar domain name under a different tld, eg. seo.co.uk

    If so, what should I do to limit damages?
    The reason I am getting a generic domain is to get customers first before redirectly them to my branded site.
    I figure it works better in seo ranking too.

    Any advice here is deeply appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Argoss

    Argoss Junior Member

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "legally enforceable"? You're not going to get in trouble for having a generic domain name....

    And yes, it's perfectly fine to have people land on that generic domain and then redirect them to your branded site.
     
  3. Sunday Lunch

    Sunday Lunch Junior Member

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    Apple is a generic domain.

    You can register Apple.net and sell apples.

    You cant register Apple.net and sell computer, music or anything else they are associated with.

    So if your question is "Can I register a generic domain that someone in the industry that I intend to operate in already has, and is trademarked, but in another extension?" the answer is no.
     
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    Techxan Elite Member

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    What makes you think that?
     
  5. deancow

    deancow BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    Apple is not a generic domain, it's a trademark
     
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  6. Wania

    Wania Junior Member

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    Not anymore. There's A.** online store that sells groceries and they got sued by apple recently. First time the court dismissed it due to some lacking documentation, but they are appealing it.

    Sources (I don't have any English ones tho):
    http://www.forbes.**/styl-zycia/artykul/Technologie/apple-skarzy-w-polsce,29950,1
    http://technologie.gazeta.**/intern...prawa_polska__Koncern_chce_uniewaznienia.html
    http://www.dobreprogramy.**/Apple-w-Polsce-sie-rozkreca,News,36074.html

    (I remember they sued Apfelkind coffe shop in Germany before too.)
     
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    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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  8. Sunday Lunch

    Sunday Lunch Junior Member

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    The word apple is generic, an apple is a fruit. Google is not generic. As I explained in my example Apple have a trademark but not for all goods, so search Apple on google and you will find apple vacations and apple records, however you could not start a company and use ebay records or ebay vacations, ebay is a brand, Apple is a generic word.

    You can trademark a generic word, such as Orange, but you will have limitations on what you can protect.
     
  9. yggdrasil

    yggdrasil Newbie

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    Thanks. I am asking this because .com is hold by some bas**** domain reseller.
    But there are other tlds on the same name that is still operating business like me with the same nature and purpose.

    Hence, I decide to consult bhw before going big.

    Thanks. :)
     
  10. Wania

    Wania Junior Member

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    registering domain doesn't equal to registering trademark. it's very common to own .com domain without registering trademark. check if they registered actuall trademark, and if they didn't, go ahead with registration of different tlds.