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Is it safe to use a Game name in my domain name?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by bettrader, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. bettrader

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    Hi, I would like to know how safe it is to use a game name in a domain? Copyright stuff and all that.
     
  2. Gradimir Stankovic

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    You will need to contact a company that published game and ask them for permission.
     
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  3. goodtimes

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    I've heard of people getting some nasty letters from corporate legal departments. I would be careful with that.
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  4. Jagged55

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    You can register whatever you want but there is a good chance they will take it from you once it comes up on their radar.
     
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  5. bettrader

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    ok thank you all, was about to register it but needed a 2nd opinion. I prefer to avoid legal threats lol
     
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    Depends on the company (some are more litigious than others), how you build the site out, and what the publisher's track record toward "fan sites" has been.

    If you build out a site or autoblog for "users and fans" of the game, host clearly-labelled unofficial add-ons, and the like, you should be covered under "fair use" doctrine.

    If you have links to warez downloads of the game and the like, they'll squish you like a bug.

    But if you have a "fansite" and the publisher doesn't have a history of being complaint-crazy (Disney's empire is one example of a company you do not want to cross in this regard), you will probably be alright - after all, you're driving publicity for their game.

    Worst things that can happen are:

    a) they come after you with legal threats, you either deal with those by telling them what a big fan of the game you are and how you're just trying to help the cause; or you back off, losing whatever time you've put into it; or

    b) they go WIPO on your ass, pay $1500 to file the complaint, and spend months going through the UDRP; if you've registered the name in "good faith" that's one of the key grounds to fight a WIPO complaint (typo's are a good example of the opposite, "bad faith") ; though if any company goes WIPO it's a pretty good sign they're playing for keeps and it's time to move on unless you enjoy dealing with legalese and bureacracy

    I don't screw around with trademarks much cuz I don't like the cost:benefit ratio in general, but you'd be surprised how some companies just don't really get around to checking these things around.

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  7. Jagged55

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    This is flat our wrong. If they own the trademark and you use it, they can take it. Some tolerate it but they don't have to

    Some places come after you harder than others so you might survive for years without getting a letter from them but it sucks giving up a domain name that you are making cash off of...trust me.
     
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    Well I thought on creating an autoblog on it. But I guess I will have to desist befor a cease and desist letters comes to my inbox
     
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    If you think you can make some quick money, go for it. Autoblogs take little work so you are just trying to earn back the money you paid for the domain name. If they send the letter, give it to them. It all comes down to math...can you make enough money before you lose it? But if you are new to the game, get your feet wet with a few domains that you know you will be able to hang on to. Good luck.