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Legality of owning "brand name" domains?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by GymJim, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. GymJim

    GymJim Registered Member

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    Hi all :)

    Just need a little advice on the legality side of owning certain names ect?

    I recently managed to get hold of some domain names (completely legally may I add) but wondering if I will ever get into trouble for owning domains with brand names and stuff in?

    Would I get into any legal issues with owning domains such as "Niketrainers" or "londonolympics" or "delllaptops" (just used as examples as they were the 3 things I was looking at at the time :p )

    Many thanks

    Gym
     
  2. ADHD-Dude

    ADHD-Dude Power Member

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    If the companies will found out they will take your domain, nothing more than that. Also your registrar can charge you several hundreds dollars, maybe.
     
  3. GymJim

    GymJim Registered Member

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    Ah..ok, sounds amazing lol. I bought the names through a registrar, I did not buy from a strange site or anything. But ok, thats interesting..good to know they would sell me the URL then take it off me! :)
     
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    Only with a court order which large brands can get very easily. Large brands hire brand protection companies that get paid to find offending sites and take them down.

    Best advice if flipping or looking for a quick buck don't sweat it. If wanting to see a return on your investment long term then never mess with a brand in the domain.
     
  5. Murdoch1337

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    Its kinda interesting, because in some cases the brands should actually be quite happy about the sites out there with their brand in the domain.

    For example, I have a site that is "brandname"review.com

    On the site, I discuss the product, say how it works, how great it is, etc and then I give a bunch of positive reviews. I haven't had any issues with it yet, and I don't really expect any. If the company did complain, I would probably change the tune of the website to completely negative saying that the product makes people sick etc (Its a medical product, and I could back up those claims lol).

    Unless you're blatantly taking advantage of another company's good name in order to do business, I can't see why they should care.
     
  6. GymJim

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    The sites themselves would be used to promote the brand so to speak.. they would be used to of course bring in a little money but generally they would be in good light and in most of the cases help the brand make money as well by helping people find the brand/know more about the brand and stuff

    But many thanks for all the help people..I might have to sell them..not that they are much use for a few years (if any one can guess what they might be related too lol )
     
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    My concern would be that as soon as you became successful, you'd show up on the radar of these companies and your work would be for nothing. The thing is, there are plenty of "fan-type" sites that don't seem to attract negative attention by the brands.