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Will Google come after me if my domain has their name in it?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by wootonius, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. wootonius

    wootonius Newbie

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    I have a domain with 'google' in it. Is it against Google's terms to use this domain? If it starts to rank well, will they notice it and come after me? Is there any way I can write a disclaimer or something somewhere saying I am not affiliated with Google, and avoid any problems, or should I just give up with this domain?

    Hope to hear some good responses. Thanks.
     
  2. Codythebest

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    Yes. No question about it...
    Even worse: vintagebayonettes.com has received a ceased letter from guess who.
    I had to cease minidonuts.ltd by BMWUSA for the word mini and my rr railroad site for the word rr. They are all reg and I didn't check that...
     
  3. wootonius

    wootonius Newbie

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    hmm kinda sucks. I had bought the domain at a good price, has a decent PR and backlinks already.

    Anyone have ideas of what I can do with it before I give it up?
     
  4. tukim

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    Sounds like you should've talked to a lawyer instead of letting them bully you. It doesn't make any sense to hand over those domains based on an automated cease and desist letter.
     
  5. welshman

    welshman Power Member

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    SEO it quickly and flip it for profit ;)
     
  6. Fidler

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    I have had a domain with google in it for one year. (googlemail.ch)
    First I had some advertisements on it but after reading what they did to other website owners with their name in it I decided to remove the advertisements.

    If you have a domain with Google in it and you have an informative site on it without ads the worst that could happen is that they claim the domain and you HAVE to hand it over. But when you have ads on this page they can sue you for using their name to gain a profit. I would not like to face Google's lawyers in court....

    B.t.w, the whole year I have not received any message from Google but it' s up to you. Maybe you don't get noticed but it's a huge risk.

    Best way to monitize this domain : Sell it !
    Maybe someone else thinks they can beat Google :rolleyes:

    Just my thoughts on this.
     
  7. wootonius

    wootonius Newbie

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    thanks guys, I think I'll boost the rankings a bit and flip it.
     
  8. natatasha32

    natatasha32 Registered Member

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    Hi Wootonius,

    There are a lot of webmasters including myself that own a ton of websites with the name "Google" in the domain and we have never had any problems for many years.

    For example, the popular Clickbank products such as Google Sniper.com, Google Predator.com, Google Adsense For Newbies.com, Google Profits.com, etc. etc. etc. all have Google in their domain name.

    In addition, thousands of webmasters marketing these and other products register their own domains containing the Google name such as GoogleSniper Review.com, GoogleProfitsReview.com, GoogleAdsenseReview.com, etc. etc.

    So as you can see, Google has no problems with hundreds and hundreds of webmasters using its name in their domains.

    The domain names that I personally stay away from are company's product brand names. For example, if I wanted to build a website around the Singer sewing machine, I would NOT register a domain name such as SingerSewingMachine.com. Instead, I would register a domain name such as SewingMachineReview.com.

    Do you see the difference?

    I hope this helps you. So let's go and make some money!
     
  9. CEPI

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    yes they came after me
     
  11. transam7410

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    they took my domain. sucks i loved that domain lol
     
  12. Codythebest

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    The "automated cease and desist letter" came from their lawyer by regular mail and signed by hand...And guess who gets the most money between BMW and me?
     
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    tell that to googlestealth.com
     
  14. lincolnave

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    Mini Donuts, LOL I guess they would say that thier cars CAN do donuts!!
     
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    Where does the 500lb Gorilla in the room sit??? Wherever he wants to. Do not tempt the big G.
     
  16. GreyWolf

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    @Cody - you cave in way to easy on these things.
    mini is a common word and you were using it in a way related totally to the proper and common use of the word. Minidunuts are totally unrelated to the car named Mini. This never would have gone to court, and even if it did you would have won and could have even been awarded your court costs be paid by BMW.

    Same thing with rr. RR is a common term both in the model railroad niche and the real railroad niche. Any type of train site could have a legitimate use of the word in their marketting or trademark. Either of those cases would be the equivalent of Chevrolet trying to sue you for using the word "car" in your business name.

    As far as the vintagebayonets site is concerned. Not only isn't your name capitalizing on ebay, it isn't even related. Even if you are selling bayonettes on their site, there's no reason for them to be claiming an infringement. They have stepped over the line with this one. I'd suggest saving any emails and correspondence you recieve over this matter. If you felt like it and wanted to get a lawyer, you could probably sue ebay for harassment over this one.

    The only possible way they could have an issue, is if you actually were highlighting the ebay in the name. I'm assuming that you only bolded it in your message to us. If you are highlighting it like that on your website, then you need to stop it and that is about as far as ebay could go with it. Other than that possible issue ebay has no claim to your website at all.

    Most of these large companies send these c&d letters out because they know most people will get scared and do what they say. If you stand up to them, then they have to give some thought to the merit of their case. In the cases you outlined, it's very unlikely the companies have pursued it.


    @OP - to answer your question, you're in a different situation than Cody. You're site is definately using Google's trademarked name, and your using it in a way that is related to Google's business. If they want to make you stop using it they most likely could.

    The only real way you could win if they decided to pursue it, is if you're site was related in some way to the numerical concept of a googleplex. The word google existed before Google, and so you have a right to continue using the word yourself as long as it's totally unrelated to the Google SE.

    I think you'd be best to dump this name.
     
  17. culver

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    Its easy to get your site shut down, all someone has to do is cry copyright infringement and hosting companies suspend you. I'd recommend not purchasing domain names that are or could be copyrighted.

    For a Google site ad this disclaimer line:

    "This site and the products and services offered on this site are not associated, affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Google, nor have they been reviewed tested or certified by Google. "
     
  18. kimkils

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    I got an email from eBay legal team two days ago asking me to take down one of my sites, i wont list the domain but it was similar to "ebaymoneymaking.com"

    I wasnt really using it anyway so politely told them i'd delete it right away
     
  19. designsonline

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    ive got a tld domain with Google in it, and it ranks pretty high...