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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tattoo, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. tattoo

    tattoo Regular Member

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    have you guys been able to get away with using trademark domains?

    like if coca-cola.org was available, you're using it to sell something related to coca-cola...
     
  2. snowwhite

    snowwhite Power Member

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    thats a big domain no no!
    why risk being sued?
    avoid TM domains as simple as that
     
  3. yuppy

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    however if you used it to bash cocacola you may be fine, parody speech is protected speech
     
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    how about if you say really big letters "NOT AFFILIATED WITH COCA COLA" i do see a lot of sites that use trademarked domains, but mostly forums, fan sites, enthusiast sites.

    i just realized some of my bans were using trademarked names so i think i'll have to pretend to be an enthusiast site :)

    and if they tell me to take it down i'll do what yuppy said
     
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    I just sold a world known tradename.ws domain a couple weeks ago, the longer i had it the more i thought i was going to lose it. I dont think its worth the risk of developing a site on a name that is a trade name of another company.
     
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    DrJekyll Senior Member Premium Member

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    My partner got many a letter from ebays lawyers to give up domains.

    he is holding onto 1 of them, but he is not using it either.

    I have 1 with ebay in it, will use it as a cloaked domain, that way when I loose it, I might have lost the traffic soon anyway.
     
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    madinaz BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    I have one and I'm an affiliate of the company who owns the trademark. I did get written permission to use trademark prior to doing anything with the site