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Shutterstock.com is attempting to obtain my domain w no compensation

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by DougyRoss94, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. DougyRoss94

    DougyRoss94 Newbie

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    ..and shut down my account on their site. So very recently I came to find out that shutterstock.photo, the url, was an unregistered domain. My intentions were not to slander or anything of that nature of course but I bought it. Now they've emailed me saying that they have the name trademarked and try to sound like I may legally have to transfer the domain to them but don't outright say it. But they do go on to say that they'll take legal measures if I don't give it up. They want a response within the week and I don't know what to do because, without meaning "bad faith", I do know the value of this to their brand. I'd like to ask for money towards my existing student loans or an all access account to help me in my freelance work but don't know how to approach this. Anyone know anything about this?
     
  2. deancow

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    lol you internationally registered a known trademark hoping to make money by selling it to the owner?
    no chance you will be 'compensated' any meaningful amount, just give up the domain to them or ignore the letters (they can still get the domain anyway)
     
  3. invictum777

    invictum777 Registered Member

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    the war has started bro , prepare yourself :1:
     
  4. EvilByte

    EvilByte Registered Member

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    Your screwed give them the domain back. I can't post links but google for "trademarked domain domainsherpa" they have a decent video

    tl;dw - if you purchase a trademarked domain in the hopes of profiting from it you'll be sued into oblivion
     
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  5. Battleaxewarriors

    Battleaxewarriors BANNED BANNED

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    How stupid are you?

    1) You give it back. And find a legit method to pay for your student loans.
    2) You get super-facking sued and spend your life paying them back.
     
  6. Izzma

    Izzma Regular Member

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    What you are doing here is called Cybersquatting

    "Cybersquatting (also known as domain squatting), according to the United States federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using an Internet domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price."
     
  7. asap1

    asap1 BANNED BANNED

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    The law is against you in this.

    But personally I think shutterstock had more than enough time to decide to register the domain or not and they decided not to. Now that someone else picked up the domain its a problem. Stupid laws.....

    You really have no choice but to give them the domain.
     
  8. jb007uk

    jb007uk Regular Member

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    The fact that Shutterstock are incompetent is not the issue here. You may or may not of heard the expression "it all depends upon the depth of your pockets"

    Back in 2008 I registered a .org domain as I linked the name but the .com was gone. Around a year later I get a letter from a brief telling me that their client is going to take you to the cleaners as they have recently been granted a trademark worldwide for the term in my domain.

    I said you can buy it from me on realising just who was involved in this trademark (tens of millions of £££ every year) Iwas told real bad move and so I just gave it to them.

    Unlike you, I bought the domain in good faith and came close to losing a lot, so just hand it over and move over.

    Good luck

    J
     
  9. IceHD

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    Had the same problem last week, although I was targeting a different aspect of that brand, but since it was trademarked I got a cease and desist mail and 7 days later an envelope forn an attorney in London. I got compensated for the domain so all good. I will never do it again unless you're prepared to take the blow.

    Give them the domain and you're done. Lawsuits are expensive and take a lot of time, the sad part is that you will lose.
     
  10. veboo

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    Give it back to them. It's the best thing to do to stay away from legal actions