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legality of mispelled domains

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by MrBeastsOnToast, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. MrBeastsOnToast

    MrBeastsOnToast Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Anyone have any idea about how risky it is registering mispelled brand domains?

    im just planning on parking some tbh - i want to diversify my income..

    but i saw something about facebook suing ffacebook.com and facefook.com

    any thoughts?
     
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    It isn't safe, but after all, it depends of the brand policy. But i guess most of them wouldn't like that.
     
  3. MrBeastsOnToast

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    i presume the worst im looking at is a C&D?

    if im not going to invest anything more than the $10 for the domain it might be worth the risk...
     
  4. openaidbh

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    It seems like it wouldn't be "illegal" unless that was your brand name. Like, there's no law against owning a domain that just happens to be a misspelling of a popular brand. The issue (to the extent of my legal knowledge) would be in pursuing a copyright, where "likelihood of confusion" would come into play. Seems like a good way to make money :) Hell, watch stocks and buy misspelled domains of up-and-coming startups, then sell them back to them for a few grand ;) Did Facebook actually win those lawsuits, and what grounds specifically were they suing on?
     
  5. BSorel

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    There is nothing against registering misspellings. However, there is a clause in one anti-spam act that gives businesses a leg-up in obtaining the domain from you. As I understand it, this only applies to major major brand names.

    That being said, misspelled domains is a way that some people drive alot of traffic to their site.

    Keep in mind, very few people type in a domain directly to the browser, this might not be as big as a boost as you might think. Optimizing for the SERPS is better.
     
  6. MrBeastsOnToast

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    yeh serps is where my main income comes from, but i want to combine a couple of methods ive seen on here to get some other income sources through parking.

    i couldn't find any info about the FB case other than they were doing it. TBH if they had won, we would probably of heard about it.
     
  7. fiorecomo

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    When you'll recive a mail from some big brand's legal you will cease the domain without thinking twice, do you really wanna go to court against some big brand?
     
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    Worst case scenario they actually decide to sue you and you settle out of court by giving them the domain, you're out $12, and you have a cool story to tell your friends while a major brand looks like a complete douche by suing a random guy. You might even end up like meathead and get some major media coverage :)
     
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    Are you in the USA / country where the company is located? It is risky business, but what could you even do with it?
     
  10. openaidbh

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    Sell it to the companies. You know Google probably bought googl.com from some asshole for like 10k.
     
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    A friend of mine is always looking for such misspelled domains. So, why is he looking for them? He says that it's kinda fun to make money from someone Else's brand but he agrees that there's lots of risk in this. In our country, a brand can't sue you just because you used the misspelled domain, so we are safe.
     
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    I'm talking about italy. A true story with media coverage. There was a big website about design in italy called cocacolla.it (colla in italian means glue). Coca cola sent an email and years of brand building went down the drain. But if you plan it's just to park it you can try but never ever build a website around these names it's a dangerous business!

    http://punto-informatico.it/3453230/PI/News/coca-cola-contro-cocacollait.aspx (in italian, use google transaltor or something..)
     
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    The domain named misspelled isn't a real problem and the worst would be a C&D letter; however if you branded product with the misspelling that's another matter.
     
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    I think you should be ok. I know there are a lot of mispelled domain names that go for top dollar. I know "mortgage" is often mispelled with "mortage" and someone paid a huge amount of money for a domain name with that mispelling in it.
     
  15. MrBeastsOnToast

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    ive decided to do it and purhcased a few mispells i found. Some from the UK (where im from) some US based.

    Going to see what happens, if i ever get a C&D im just going to hand it over with a smug grin...

    "thanks for the free money i made from your name"
     
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    Haha, if that becomes the case don't give up so easily, make em work for it. "Sure, you can have it... for $6,000 ;)"
     
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    You can register ffacebook.com as long as the site does not offer the same service that facebook offers. If you sell shoes on ffacebook then you should be ok. Creating a directory on those sites usually works best and make sure you setup some CPA or PPC. :)
     
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    You can own any domain it just depends what u do with it. if u spam facebook like hell and piss them off sure u will get sued. :)
     
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    nicely said openaidbh I realy like your way of thinking...
     
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