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Should I change my domain name?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Linegend, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Linegend

    Linegend Newbie

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    Hello,

    I have bought the domain name instamag.fr . I realized a bit later that it's the name of a famous mobile application too. So here I'm wondering if should I keep that domain name. Also , I'm wondering if I have the right to use it?
    I plan to share in this website funny viral contents.

    The app instamag is not that popular in my country (France). But in the same time, I have some people that has started to circle me in Google+ while I didn't post anything. I'm not sure I like it ethically and if it's great value to keep it. What do you think ?

    Thanks you
     
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  2. benmac95

    benmac95 Registered Member

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    yes you would most likely have the right to use it in your country if you trademark that name. You might have problems with instagram as that is a national trademark. I personally would stay clear.
     
  3. ugjunk

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    As long as the word instamag word is not a trademark, you wouldn't have any legal issues.
     
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    agsllc Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I agree, just because a word looks similar doesn't mean you'll get in trouble for it, and you also have a slight name recognition that might start people clicking.
     
  5. Linegend

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    Thanks you for your inputs.

    It is for sure that the word "Instamag" is a trademark name since it's a popular app. But the fact that I use .FR extension and I put it forward in my trademark , will it be ok ?

    Also, if it's possible I woud like to hear more thoughts about using a famous brandname. Do you think it's good value to create a confusion between this name and my website? Or, there would have too much drawbacks?

    Thanks you
     
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  6. kbklash

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    If you plan to use it commercially,then its time to move on,and grab a new one.
     
  7. webonic

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    By my opinion i would change it and set close related to service.
     
  8. starvinmarvin14

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    If the other company decides to pursue legal action, it won't matter what TLD extension you are using.

    It would be similar to using Facebook.fr. It's still Facebook's trademarked name. And, Facebook would litigate the issue.

    There is a chance the app company won't notice your site though. So who knows.