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I own the exact match domain for a MAJOR upcoming product. What should I do?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by zacatictac, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. zacatictac

    zacatictac Power Member

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    Ok guys so I bought a domain thats the exact products name .com extension before it was announced. This is a major product (guaranteed to be in every electronics store) from a major company. My question is wtf do I do with it? Can I sell the product via affiliates programs on the site? I think this could make me quit my day job if I did that thats how big the product will be. Or am I just going to get my assed sued and domain siezed? I don;t want to just let this domain go, but I also don't want any legal problems. What to do what to do?
     
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    Chances are you will be sued for promoting a brand you don't own the rights to. However, just in case you aren't then create some great content and rank naturally
     
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    Is the name a Trademark?

    When did you purchase it?
     
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    Sell it to that company for a super premium. You probably can't use it once that product is launched...
     
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    Start ranking it and use it as a review site. Reviews are protected. Make a few video clips and then profit off reviews. Consult a a lawyer! OR Sell it to them.
     
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    Send their marketing dept an offer to sell it at a great price.
     
  7. zacatictac

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    Ok I'll come out and say it the company is samsung. I highly doubt I can just email them and say "hey wanna buy the domain that im pretty much squatting" and they will fork over cash? I mean they didn't buy it for themselves to begin with. I was able to swoop it after a rumor leaked. Now its official. So maybe the review route is the way to go.
     
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    I'm thinking about it. Anyone have any ideas what I should ask for sometihng like this? 5k? 1k? I dont even...
     
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    I think it all depends on if the name is trademarked and when you purchased the domain like W130SN said.

    First off, it "samsung" is in the domain just forget all about it. Other wise, you might be fine legally if it isn't trademarked.

    I'm not sure how interested they would be in the domain because they make many products and most of them don't have their own domains.

    Affiliate marketing might be the best route using Amazon probably but just make sure you have the proper terms and disclosures on the site regarding both Amazon and Samsung.

    Lastly, consulting an actual lawyer or another professional is always the best if you really plan to bank on this.

    Just my thoughts...
     
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    Thanks for the response. No samsung isn't in the domain anywhere. I just checked and they trademarked it :/ Which means this may be more of a hassle than its worth.
     
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    Contact an expert site dealer and propose a nice commission for getting this deal closed.

    If you don't have experience doing this you won't be making a great deal.

    In this forum for example there's meathead1234 and others who can either flip this domain for you or tell you it's not worth anything.
     
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    Do the review and do not EVER try IN ANY WAY to sell it to them. Wait for them to come to you.
     
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    I've always operated under the assumption review sites are protected from trademark problems. Is anyone here absolutely certain that is the case?
     
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    ^This. This. This.
     
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    1. The trademark issue.

    Did you know the product was going to be launched, had you heard about it then decided to reg (or buy) the domain? Alternatively did you get the domain then the announcement was made about the product?

    When is the registration date of the trademark Vs the registration date of the domain? If you bought the domain, when did you buy it? The domain simply changing hands from one registrant to another after a trademark is cause for them to take it from you.

    How generic is the domain? (feel free to PM me)

    Depending on how generic the domain is and how easy it is to prove your registration is in bad faith, is ultimately going to be the deciding factor in a UDRP.

    2. Usage.

    Even if you bought the domain before the trademark and the announcement you cannot use the domain to promote their products whatsoever. This includes simply parking the domain and having adverts running from the parking provider that includes their product. I would suggest if it is a generic name to throw up a wordpress site relevant to its generic nature, for example if you registered shell.com 2 years before the oil company existed (impossible I know) you could throw up a blog about shell collecting.

    3. Selling the domain.

    Do not contact them, do not contact a broker to contact them, do not contact anyone.

    If they cannot prove this was a bad faith registration and this is a big product they will contact you.
     
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    Expect a threatening email or letter real soon. Since they own the trademark to the domain name they know they can take you to court and win with no problem. So the first step they will take will be to threaten you with a lawsuit.
     
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    Contact meathead1234 and do exactly what he suggests.
     
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    You can keep it parked (until a Samsung lawyer comes after it) and fill it with related ads. But anyway it won't get ranked and your site will be in the last SER pages forever and without any traffic to it...
     
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    Your best bet would be meathead123.

    Even if the domain doesn't rank you should still get traffic. If it really is an emd i bet a bunch of people will just type it in their browser themselves.
     
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    If you bought it before the announcement, build something on it and try to get it grandfathered. Act like this was already your domain and they just happened to choose that name.