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question about domain name copyright protection.....

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by rocsk79, May 3, 2010.

  1. rocsk79

    rocsk79 BANNED BANNED

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    let's say you register a domain name and build a website around it. years later a company with the same name gets really big and copyrights the name, sending you a notice saying to give up the name because they own a copyright for the exact same name thats in your domain.


    Do you have the give up the domain even if you registered it before the copyright was filed?
     
  2. BaniB

    BaniB Registered Member

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  3. rocsk79

    rocsk79 BANNED BANNED

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    interesting. That whole dictionary clause thing is helpful too.
     
  4. seowres

    seowres Registered Member

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    If you aren't a US citizen then the worst that can happen is you lose the domain. But if you have a decent site then you are on good ground to retain your domain.
     
  5. glaxxon

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    I am not a lawyer but if you registered the domain before their trademark was registered then you are perfectly safe. Unless obviously you are doing the exact same business as theirs or trying to get their traffic. Then there can be complications. But if you are not in the us and the domain is not reg in us then you have advantage..
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  6. jodys

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    Reminds me of the McDonald Corporation numerous domain suits. Here is one of them:

    http://www.inwap.com/u/joe/mcmunchies.html

    They will sue anyone using the name Mc in a domain name - even when the domain name is someone's last name. They have broken the rules on cyber-squatting but of course the rules only apply to the poor. When you're as large as McDonalds Corp you apparently don't give a damn about legal challenges or cyber squatting claims.
     
  7. themliteguy

    themliteguy Registered Member

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    When dealing with trademarked names, do some research on "first use in commerce" if your domain was up and running before the trademark was filed.