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So I own the domain of this famous guy...

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by skagenweb, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. skagenweb

    skagenweb BANNED BANNED

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    Hi,

    So lets pretend there is this celebrity in the UK whos name is Jenny Doe, and she is the host of a reality TV show competition about losing weight.

    I discovered that JennyDoe.com was available so i made it into a fan site for the person while the show was running with bio about the person, news, updates etc.

    I then posted an ad on this website that it was for sale, but no interest from anyone. I was hoping Jenny Doe herself might want it.

    The show is over and I have now directed the domain, JennyDoe.com to a Clickbank offer for losing weight to monetize the visitors.

    My question is, can JennyDoe.com sue me for doing this?

    Keep in mind, Jenny Doe is from the UK and it is a dot com. The new forwarded domain has no reference to Jenny Doe. The title of the forward page is just jennydoe.com.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. skagenweb

    skagenweb BANNED BANNED

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    Keep in mind I have private whois, and even then the domain is registered with fake info.

    I would not think that this person would have trademarked their name. They are not SUPER famous.
     
  3. BLACKHAT1984

    BLACKHAT1984 Regular Member

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    Yup,

    Do a google for ....bugga.... can't remember any cases but there are lots where someone has done just this and tried to sell them on ebay for $10k+. They are then taken to court by the companies in question. I always avoid doing anything with names as I owned watchskyonyourpc DOT com for a while and sky tried to sue me for it. The only time u can legally do it is if the website is in public interest. AH remembered- PAYPALSUCKS.COM. Paypal tried to sue them for the domain but they lost as it was in public interest. Hah! Take that egay!
     
  4. BLACKHAT1984

    BLACKHAT1984 Regular Member

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    Hmm I think dark could be right. How can u copyright a person's name? Pretty sure it's not possible otherwise there wouldn't be tons of peeps calling their kids Madonna. Hmmm got me thinking now lol. What if someone named their kid Mercedez Benz. Could they be sued for having a mercedezbenzphotos.com site or somethin.....
     
  5. pluto459

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    its called WIPO and that has all the domain cases

    as soon as you put ads or tried to profit you will lose and court case for the domain
    ads and offering for sale = you lose domain