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Tradmark owner trying to steel my domain

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by dr_0x, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. dr_0x

    dr_0x Junior Member

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    I received an email today demanding that I transfer my "confusingly similar" domain to the registered trademark owner. The domains are similar to this.

    Tademark domain

    bobsdiscounttire.com

    My domain

    bobdiscounttires.cc

    I do have ad sense ads on the website along with a privacy policy, contact page, and about us page the states we are not affiliated with the trademark owner. There is also text in the footer saying we are not affiliated.

    I made 600$ form this site in adsense last month. Much lower this month since the site fell in the rankings but I'm assuming its just the dance and it will come back and make lots of $. Needless to say I don't want to give up the domain. I am planning to transfer to a different registrar in hopes of slowing things down. Good idea?

    Has anyone been trough this before?
    What is the likely hood of them actually being able to claim ownership of the domain? Anything I can do right now to prevent or make it harder for them to steel it from me?
     
  2. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Sounds like they have a case and you would lose.
     
  3. jonnyquest

    jonnyquest Regular Member

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    If you are outside the US screw'em (not legal advise)
    If in the US wait til you get something from a legit law firm (not legal advise)

    JQ
     
  4. dr_0x

    dr_0x Junior Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    jonnyquest, the email was from a law firm representing the trademark owner.

    I transferred the domain to a new registrar outside the US. This one is in France which I assume is not much better. However, at least I can play the "oops already sold the domain" card if I receive any more emails.

    I'll be sure to keep this thread up to date with the outcome. Any more advice in the mean time is welcomed.
     
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  5. TZ2011

    TZ2011 Senior Member

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    Not so smart to publish your "plan" on public forum that get crawled 20 times a day and have X lurkers. Anyway, france will not save you, you have to make some offshore deal.
     
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  6. kbos2hm

    kbos2hm Junior Member

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    unless there name you are directly claiming to be them not much they can do but if your stealing there traffic they will probably go out there way to eat you up. I would sit tite for the time being think reasonable doubt as defence
     
  7. temecula

    temecula Registered Member

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    dont' reply mean you don't receive. who give a fk about them. they try to play some cease and desist letter. it cost them to get a lawyer $500/h to do the sht
     
  8. temecula

    temecula Registered Member

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    Do not reply to ask for money. They will consider u 're using * squatting sale*
     
  9. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    Generally you will lose this. BUT you can wait until a legal "cease and desist" order comes.

    YOU MIGHT be able to beat it if you can prove that your traffic does not come from his service area, therefore you are not costing him customers, and there is no way your website could be confused as his. My legal says sometimes, but still very unlikely. (Playing chess with him, so I just asked his opinion)

    You might be able to mollify the other owner by placing a "IF you are looking for our good friend Bobs Discount tires.com, go here with a link to the correct site. That may well gut your traffic, but if he goes for it, you may still come out of with little revenue stream instead of nothing.

    You really need to talk to your own lawyer.
     
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    fxphil Senior Member

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    Go check your state for the name bobs tires or bobs discount tires . Buy it and setup ein/Tax ID. Cost maybe 150 bucks then you have a case. GL my friend
     
  11. jonnyquest

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    Looks like you took the site down or is it the lull in the change of registrars?

    You wonder why these dumb-shit owners don't buy up every version of the domain. Other than the yearly fees .. he has to pay an attorney now to fight this thing.

    Sounds like he needs a good webmaster? ... any takers? ha ha

    JQ
     
  12. MaxWeber

    MaxWeber Regular Member

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    Transfer back for reg fee.
    It su*cks but that the reality, even if it costs $500/hour