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Got an email after registering a .info - "Notice of Walmart Trademark Rights Infringement"

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by zonfar, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. zonfar

    zonfar Power Member

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    Just got this email earlier today from a .info I registered a little while ago and it does have "walmart" in the title. I'm wondering if I HAVE to take it down now? I just got done investing a bit of time and money into something I was going to try but now thinking i'm just gonna have to drop it.
     
  2. jlei523

    jlei523 Regular Member

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    Yes. You are using their name to sell something. You need permission for that.
     
  3. wowhaxor

    wowhaxor Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Ya, consider it toast. If they want it they can seize it :(
     
  4. zonfar

    zonfar Power Member

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    damn, wish I would have thought of that :cry:
     
  5. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    It's an Algo, of course it can be gamed.
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    Tell that domain "Good-bye", it's happened to me... you had a run and the run is over, now reboot and run with something else.
     
  6. Drink More Tea

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    Unless you are fraudulently pretending to be walmart, I can't see what the problem is here?
     
  7. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    The problem is trademark infringement.

    They own the mark and are protecting it.
     
  8. Drink More Tea

    Drink More Tea Regular Member

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    He's not infringing upon the trademark, which (I believe) refers to the corporate branding. (Logo, font, slogans etc)
     
  9. DaRiTo

    DaRiTo Regular Member

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    I got one from Yahoo in 2007 3 months after I registered a .com domain with the word "yahoo".
    They sent this email to my hosting too. I canceled that domain name after I got the 2nd email, so this domain was parked free by the registrar (GoDaddy)...1 month after I canceled it they requested GoDaddy to redirect the domain to yahoo.com
    Now, if you go to that domain, you are redirected to yahoo.com/oops
     
  10. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    i got one from zynga... i took the site off and didn't renew... few months later another site is on the domain and zynga didn't care... kinda pissed me off as I did a lot of backlink building on the domain
     
  11. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    The mark is the name in all probability in this situation.
     
  12. kvhnuke

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    technically you are little late if you also bought the privacy and bulletproof hosting I cant see a problem but now you are late, just drop the domain thats the best thing to do
     
  13. digihammer1

    digihammer1 Newbie

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    Guys, there is no way to register a domain name with any trademarked or registered name without their permission.
     
  14. alex1

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    If you regged this name recently, I would suggest contact your company-registrar and request so called "domain grace-delete". It is an ICANN policy to allow grace deletes within certain short (like 6 days or so) period after name registration. Usually registrars would honor your request for grace delete, even though they prefer not to advertise this option in public.

    Just tell them exactly what happened like "I did not know about trademark law implications related to domain name that I've picked blah blah".

    Sure .INFO is just a dollar or two, but you would probably feel better about it. Just learn this lesson and move on. Many other people learned it the same way.
     
  15. daveguy

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    the last time I told someone not to register a domain with a trademark in it I got neg rep. So I'm not ganna do that this time and just recommend you listen to everyone else in this thread.

    Its not worth it, move on.
     
  16. pkalico

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    Yeah, I remember when I first started and lost quite a few domains to c&d. Live and learn
     
  17. wowhaxor

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    Not true, they don't need to contact you or your host that is just the simplest approach for them since people usually stop after getting an e-mail. They can go to ICANN which is US based and get the domain transfered to them.

    Bottom line, if you use a company's trademarked name in your domain name they can take your domain.
     
  18. Monrox

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    I think if the name is not an actual word it can be protected completely. If it is an actual word, others can use it if the usage has nothing to do with the owner's business. I guess anyone can register apple.sex or windows.sex (lol) but not walmart.tld

    I guess 'yahoo' is disputable as it is an actual real-world exclamation as well. Also ICANN prefers not to interfere, most lawyers seem to get court orders instead.

    ICANN also generally does not regulate ownership under international TLDs, that is why MS, G and many others rush to register their new trademarks under every thinkable tld before announcing the product.
     
  19. faceblogger

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    Make sure they are not going to send a C & D
     
  20. BHopkins

    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    He meant copyright infringement.
     
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