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Legal Concerns: Expiring domains

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by creativepotion, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

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    So I found this really cool expired domain today.
    As usual, i did some background check on this domain before purchasing.
    To my surprise, the previous owner is located in the same country and city as me; and i believe it was operate as a registered business (LLC).

    So lets call it "dogtrainingsupplies.com" (just an example)

    If I purchase this domain and monetize it using amazon, is that legal? (assuming he did not trademark this name)
    Or is it illegal because I am misleading visitors believing that 'dogtrainingsupplies' now works with amazon?

    Thanks
     
  2. seoreports

    seoreports Junior Member

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    if its a generic domain , ie a keyword, then you should be ok. if it's a trademark name, then you could get an UDRP.
     
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  3. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

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    How can I check if that name is trademark or not?
    And what if it is NOT trademarked but registered as a business name LLC? Is that the same?

    and what if I purchased that domain and not monetize using amazon? but use it as a blog about those supplies instead (for link building)?
     
  4. SEOWhizz

    SEOWhizz Power Member

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    Location:
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    You can check US trade marks here:
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    http://www.uspto .gov/trademarks/process/search/
    (remove space)
    If the domain has a trade marked name within it, you will run the risk (at some point in the future) of action being taken by the trade mark owner.
     
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  5. fredge

    fredge Newbie

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    If it isn't a trademark, you can still violate the law. If it can be clearly confused with a specific business.
     
  6. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

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    So does that mean NO ONE can ever monetize that domain anymore if thats the case? (except for the original owner)?
     
  7. creativepotion

    creativepotion Regular Member

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    bumping this. thanks
     
  8. JoshN

    JoshN Junior Member

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