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Using a persons name in a website name?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by DebtFreeMe, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. DebtFreeMe

    DebtFreeMe Regular Member

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    Hey all,

    I know that using trademarked names is a bad idea, like Ford, Pepsi, etc. but is it illegal to use a persons name in a website name? Are there any legal issues with this. like if I wanted to target people that are fans of Alex Tribeck would there be a problem with AlexTribeckisthebest.c*m?

    Thanks, just doing a little brain storming...;)
     
  2. domainrunner

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    I think that would be a gray area, i know facebook has started cracking down on the facebooksucks dizot cizom etc.. but thats not a name and its a negative connotation. In your case if its a fansite I think you will be ok. Just at the bottom i would create a little blurb saying like ' this is not alex trebeks site, we are a fan site, nothing more nothing less'

    Hope that helps ya
     
  3. therealmadhatter

    therealmadhatter Regular Member

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    Dont think thats a problem
     
  4. ivictus

    ivictus Regular Member

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    I have a site like this. In general it is not a problem. Of course if they wanted to be a dick they could easily go after you and take your domain, if it is about them AND it has any type of revenue. If it is a fan (or hater) site without any ads they cannot take it but you still might face legal action if it is a hater site.

    Mostly though it is bad PR for any one to go after a site owned by one of their fans so if you keep it positive you will never have a problem.
     
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    Don't even have to keep it positive, Fair Use will back people because of free speech, parody cases, etc.
     
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    ivictus Regular Member

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    That's true but even with fair use you don't want to have to hire a lawyer to defend it when it can be avoided.
     
  7. domainrunner

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    With the addition of UDRP its much much easier for a celeb or any one with decent cause to yank the name from under you by filing out a simple UDRP to ICANN. But I def agree if you keep it positive and harmless Alex Trebek will enjoy the fan fare and wont take any action against your fan site ;)
     
  8. DebtFreeMe

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    Cool thanks all, that is basically what I needed to know.