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having a trademarked name in your domain?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by firstnamelastname, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. firstnamelastname

    firstnamelastname Junior Member

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    can you or can you not have a trademarked name in your domain?

    I see a lot of conflicting info. I remember reading here on BHW that it is a bad idea to do it but I still see a lot of people do it and get away with it.

    For example, google "NFL concussion lawsuit"

    The first link contains NFL which I am sure is trademarked.

    1) how do I know if I can have a certain name in my domain?
    2) what is the danger? if they come after me, will I just lose the domain, or I may also be sued for money?
    3) what if it is very clear that the domain is not associated with the trademarked company?
     
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    TheNumbersGuy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/question-url-trademark-infringement-28100.html

    1) how do I know if I can have a certain name in my domain?

    I think the name only has to be publicly known in order for you not to use the name in your domain.

    2) what is the danger? if they come after me, will I just lose the domain, or I may also be sued for money?

    They can really only go after you if you are profiting from customer confusion by using a similar name. If they can benefit from suing you they most likely will try to.

    3) what if it is very clear that the domain is not associated with the trademarked company?

    If your in a completely different industry and it is obvious to your customer that you have no affiliation with the trademarked company then there should not be an issue.
     
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  3. Shipley18

    Shipley18 Registered Member

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    Basically, you need their permission to use their trade mark ('NFL'). If they come after you, you will lose the domain, in the best scenario....
     
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  4. firstnamelastname

    firstnamelastname Junior Member

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    That doesn't sound right. I am sure that NFL website did not ask NFL for permission.
     
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    Shipley18 Registered Member

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    Haha...the site you are mentioning is basically about suing NFL itself. Most probably, they don't care about being sued. It's just my 2 cents...
     
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    Yep, they wouldn't care about being sued & the NFL probably wouldn't bother trying to sue them either as they would get nothing out of it.
     
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    not worth it, i got prosecuted by the Olympics for using a domain name on a site called olyimpicmedalwinners.com ( Now defunct ) and straight away i got a letter from their lawyer. It took months and a lot of money to stop me ending up in court. In the end it's just not worth it unless you have money to throw away and a good lawyer
     
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  8. firstnamelastname

    firstnamelastname Junior Member

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    thanks man, I figured so.