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Question about copyrighted product names

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by mofaux, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. mofaux

    mofaux Regular Member

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    I bought 4 domains a couple weeks ago for products set to be released in 6 months. The domains are the exact product names they are being marketed by. Not productreviews.com, not productblog.com, but I bought product.com.

    Should I even bother building on these sites? I understand there is a strong possibility of getting a cease and desist letter from the company that owns the copyright. Thanks a lot for the help guys, I have never dealt with copyright issues before.
     
  2. hardcore1

    hardcore1 Junior Member

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    Yeah you are likely to get a C&D but what you could do is get a site up and try and rank well for the product name ASAP then sell the site somewhere like flippa saying that it's gonna be real big or something - should make you a few bucks and then the copyright is somebody else's trouble.
     
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  3. adamster

    adamster Regular Member

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    send the company an offer to sell them the domains and cash in. just like the previous poster said you will get an s&d sooner or later.
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    That is about the worst thing you can do. Sending the company an offer to sell them the name will be seen as blackmail by most companies and will just call attention to the name.

    Working with copyright/TM'ed domain names is all about your level of risk tolerance. If you do it, you accept that there is always a chance all of your effort will be taken away from you at some point in the future. But you can mitigate some of that risk by flying below their radar.
     
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  5. mofaux

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    Thanks for the advice, they are going to be real big. 1,100,000 exact phrase results for one of the product names since they were announced last week. It was 20,000 when I registered them. I don't think I'm pro enough to rank against some of the sites I'm up against, anyway. The moral of the story is don't bring laptops to bars.
     
  6. Bross

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    I bought 7 domains related to a certain product (big one), that was issued to be press released in the future.
    6 months later I received a letter from their lawyers requesting the domains & threatening with a deadline.

    I didn't even replied them, I contacted the registrar, faxed, and the domains were deleted within 7 days.
    I saved one of them though..

    PS - my whois info was private & they reached me through the registrar (not directly).
     
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  7. seowres

    seowres Registered Member

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    I you get a name that you think is going to be an issue. Then you need to move it friendly registrar and get your name off the whois.

    I have alot of experience with these type of domains, and I ony turn over domains that aren't making money. Before anyone in here deletes a good domain ... Pass it over here.