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I own ebayprofessor.com - is it legal?!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by InfinityAI, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. InfinityAI

    InfinityAI Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I own the domain eBayprofessor.com and I'm planning on using it to provide eBay-related services that are grey-hat. Should I go ahead and do it or would I get sued for using "eBay" in the domain name?
     
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    facebookdude Elite Member

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    Lol what do you think.
     
  3. KraftyKyle

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    hmm.... well it does have a trademark in it... and you're going to be using it for grey/blackhat usees... you're good!
     
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    get a lawyer and ask him/her is my suggestion
     
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  5. Joline86

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    According to eBay website you may be subject to penalties "up to and including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account." But you might be sued because it also violates the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999. Which states:

    (2)(A) In a case involving the registration or use of an identifier described in subparagraph (B), the plaintiff may elect, at any time before final judgment is rendered by the trial court, to recover, instead of actual damages and profits under subsection (a)--
      • `(i) an award of statutory damages in the amount of--

        • `(I) not less than $1,000 or more than $100,000 per trademark per identifier, as the court considers just; or

        • `(II) if the court finds that the registration or use of the registered trademark as an identifier was willful, not less than $3,000 or more than $300,000 per trademark per identifier, as the court considers just; and

      • `(ii) full costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

    My 2 cents: Just get another domain. :)

     
  6. FuryKyle

    FuryKyle Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You will probably receive a C&D letter and your domain will get taken down.
     
  7. InfinityAI

    InfinityAI Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yeah, that's what I thought. Already got another domain; I don't want to deal with the liabilities.

    Thanks for the advice guys, I really appreciate it
     
  8. bornformoney

    bornformoney Senior Member

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    like others said just get another one...
     
  9. IGKing

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    'AuctionProfessor.com' or something like that would be safer.
     
  10. bestw

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    you no need to chose any thing will will conflict with the otherservices provider and can develop imbugaty if this will b there then they can sue you and you will pay damges
     
  11. eBayMafia

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    I've owned a couple .com's with the word "eBay" in it, got a couple C&D's but nothing ever came from it. Just an automated process. It would take a while to get eBay to actually do anything about it. I'm not a lawyer.
     
  12. Draoz4

    Draoz4 Registered Member

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    you could always make the other domain redirect to your new domain technically it wouldn't be using the other domain would it?
     
  13. redfulong

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    I did an eBay domain once and got a C & D letter. ignored it and got a bitchier one, instructing me to let the domain expire. I did.
     
  14. S&TDSFG

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    I never like including names of other sites in my very own sites. Try to make up your own name like it. For example, sites that are for twitter switch it up a bit by called the sites, twimates, twiends, etc.

    But yeah, best thing to do is not put Ebay in your domain. You can probably do something like Epay, PayBay or something along those lines, that is if those aren't taken either.
     
  15. dizz

    dizz Elite Member

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    The short answer is no

    Dizz
     
  16. iBrownBoy

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    Indeed, not legal at all, contains their brand name so I mean its your call!
     
  17. havingadabble

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    It's legal to own but the second you try and use it for anything I'd imagine they're gonna crawl all over you for some b/s trademark infringement.

    Proceed with caution but good luck either way!
     
  18. KillerX

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    If you bought it BEFORE ebay was established you'd be okay. But I doubt you did lol
     
  19. DannyDeepPockets

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    Just delete it now....
     
  20. bakai

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    Do a search to see if they actively protect their trademarked name in domains like google does. If not then go for it and have a back up just in case.