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Question about copyright

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by eNzim, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. eNzim

    eNzim Regular Member

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    So, I've bought this domain containing a name of 'a famous celebrity + products' for example something like: PhelpsSwimwear.com (it's obviously not that url, but something similar.)

    Now, my question is: can this get me in trouble? If yes, what type of trouble / worst case scenario?
    (I don't live in the US)

    I mean it's obviously Michael Phelps that I'm refering to in this example, but what if I say I'm refering to a made up name like Chanandler Bong Phelps. Who can prove the opposite there is no evidence, right?

    I'm blocking crawlers, search engines etc because my traffic source won't be organic, still there is a chance of said celebrity (or rather the lawyers) finding out.

    - Sorry if it's a ridiculously stupid question, I'm like a kindergartner when it comes to law. -
     
  2. eNzim

    eNzim Regular Member

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    Anyone?
     
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    AustinNash5 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    I'm no complete expert on copyright but I think you will be alright. I doubt a famous celebrity or their manager would even take the time of day to try to combat something like this. They make too much money to worry about your site. Now don't take what I say as factual information, but seeing as how I've promoted other things that could've been considered copyright, I think you will be alright.
     
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    Splatterfox Junior Member

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    A person is not a brand nor a company, this means the name itself has no copyright. There are thousands of people worldwide with the name "Phelps". As long as you don't use photos of him without permission its fine. It would be different if your domain would be "Adidassportswear".

    After all though, this is all my estimation, I'm not a lawyer and its always hard to give this kind of legal help over the internet. When I do things I'm not sure about I also ask my lawyer if I don't find clear info on the web.
     
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  5. eNzim

    eNzim Regular Member

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    Thank you guys for your answers, those were my exact thoughts about it, just wanted to make sure.