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Using a brand in the domain name allowed or how bad

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by Flinstone, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Flinstone

    Flinstone Newbie

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    Hi i had a plan about buying a domain like brandedproductxxxxxx dot com or xxxxxbrandedproduct dot com It is a big brand. $$$$$$$ ... How bad would it be without previous auth? Big trouble? How long would it last? I think ill be happy if it lasted a whole month..
     
  2. somebodysomewhere

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    Depends on the brand and how popular the site gets how quickly. Cover your tracks well, big brands have big lawyers on the payroll with nothing to do but make your life miserable. My two cents.
     
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  3. LWinter

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    If you want the site to last it would be better to get a more generic domain.
     
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  4. Flinstone

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    Thanks.. i really dont want trouble with a big fish company... But in the case theyre against it, wouldnt they have to give me a period of 10 days or so for me to close it? (With no further legal actions by them if i closed it?)
     
  5. teflonbrain

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    If I'm reading your question correctly, you *want* to buy the domain with the brand name in it. You're just asking how hard can you get slapped. Different brands react different ways. I've heard from people who keep the Apple brand & culture alive with tutorials, how-to's, reviews, etc. and they (Apple) don't bother them. But some brands are extremely protective. I good place to start would be in your Terms & Conditions if you're selling an affiliate product. That's where they determine if you're in compliance or not, and they'll keep your money if you break any of the conditions.

    If you're just driving traffic to your site and monetizing in ads or adsense, you'll probably just get a cease & desist letter. If you pay the extra $9.99 for private registration, it will take them a little longer to get the cease & desist letter to you, giving you a little more time. I seriously doubt you would get sued immediately. They are going to threaten you first and send you a desist letter. Taking someone to court is expensive.

    I am not a lawyer and I've never played one on TV. Take advice cautiously, or disregard it.
     
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  6. Flinstone

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    at teflonbrain. Thanks im not selling anything... i just wanted the name in the domain to get more traffic. Anyway im not going to do it now, probably in a couple months.
     
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  7. sharingmind

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    Any names with trade mark registered should be avoided at all cost. The risk is very high as I heard.
     
  8. InternetMayhem

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    Playing with fire but again this is blackhatworld... Like someone said above you gotta be real careful, use offshore hosting an offshore registrar etc. and then your still gonna have problems. Not worth it IMO...
     
  9. WellGrounded

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    All my domains that have had the brand name in it have been C&D'd. It's not worth the trouble.
     
  10. Paranoid Android

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    if its a big company, you loose the domain and all the work that you do on it, and they forward it to their main domain and enjoy the traffic for free.
     
  11. garrido

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    You will be sued in the long run.