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How long Before this As@#$ take my website

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by testdrive, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. testdrive

    testdrive Regular Member

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    So i have a website with a domain name that contain a trademark name.
    Website is Very high on SERP / PR4 130k unique visitor monthly.

    I just received an email from lawyer representing the CO. and they want me to transfer my domain to them. The email is I guess pretty standard first correspondence in which they ask me to transfer the domain to them, then inserting some previous cases regarding copyright, then some threat about being sued.

    I think the Lawyer is Legit, i look him up and email came from the lawfirms website.

    my domain was registered at co.cc (It's from china I guess).

    I know the company has every right to take my domain, if my registrar is from china? can they do something? (I'm guessing.. they can)

    So, How long would it take for them to take my domain via registrar (If I ignore all their emails)

    What are my options?
     
  2. bkind

    bkind Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Ran into this in 2001 it's a Fine line .... but in america who ever has the best lawyers wins...

    I would ignore it until it seems really harsh...

    have them have to spend some money and work to steal your site from you...

    But in the end they will probably get it if it is the exact trade mark....
     
  3. testdrive

    testdrive Regular Member

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    domain name is ""trademarkname+keyword"

    by the way, I'm from a third world country. I'm not sure if it's going to help me with this situation.
     
  4. testdrive

    testdrive Regular Member

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    I might try to sell this site in the near future, and for that reason, I can't put put the trademark name here, since it's very easy for anyone to pinpoint what website I'm talking about. Sorry about that.

    I have read on other thread that I can buy a new domain and make a 301 redirect to the new site... I'm not really familiar with this transfer and redirects stuff so I'm making this a last option.

    How many weeks / months do i have?

    btw, the company is really agressive / bully on pursuing domains with their trademark name. I believe they have already sued several owners of websites with their trademark name on it.
     
  5. stewmath

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    You can do the 301 redirect

    Add the domain to googles webmaster tools and the option is in there, just follow google instructions
     
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    cpaaddict Supreme Member

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    thats what happens when you buy or get trademarked domains..
     
  7. testdrive

    testdrive Regular Member

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    I know... Actually this was only a test website for a method that I have learned and I'm trying to see if it works. I never imagine that the site will get this big. (guess the method worked)

    But i'm not making any excuses, what I'm trying to know is if I ignored all their email how long before they can take my domain and what are my options like selling it or get a new domain and do a 301 redirect.

    I think I'll just sell it fast. :)
     
  8. iamsgf

    iamsgf Regular Member

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    well.... ride the train while you can and get the most out of it.
     
  9. gomvents

    gomvents Junior Member

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    I'll just tell you right now if it's "eBay" expect to lose. They stole 5 of my sites back in 1999 - 2001. I had sites like learnebay.com ebaycash.biz etc.
     
  10. gregstereo

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    Alright, setting aside any thoughts about the wisdom of TM violations, if you already know the company is very aggressive about protecting their mark, you don't have a lot of time. Companies like that have schools of sharks just swimming around, eating and suing and pursuing intellectual property disputes against everything they see.

    Your best bet (and best bet for keeping good karma) is to look at selling the name to someone who specialises in TM names. Yeah, you could just try to flip it to some poor newb who will drool all over its stats, but is that really what you want to do? IMHO you'll get better results if you find someone active with marked names and sell it to them. Good luck, they make themselves a bit hard to find, but they're out there.
     
  11. iamsgf

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    try Namepros.... you will probably find someone there to push it to