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Will I Get Sued If I Get A Branded Domain?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by limez, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. limez

    limez Regular Member

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    Hello guys. Today I found a really good domain name. But it was a branded name like facebook, google, etc.

    Is it okay if I get this domain? I am planning to use it for my blackhat niches of course ;)
     
  2. islandman1010

    islandman1010 Elite Member

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    Not a good idea. Unless you can hide who you are, how you paid for it, and find a host that will let you use their servers then its a bad idea.
     
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  3. kittykut

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    i dont think so i would take it
     
  4. whiteblackseo

    whiteblackseo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    It always depends how they will react to it. I'd be safe and not register it.
     
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    652I8W0pfAWYP3g Newbie

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    It's not a good idea but it obviously depends on the company and what they are willing to do.

    This reminds me of a few months ago where someone bought the domain google.com
     
  6. Adrian112

    Adrian112 Supreme Member Premium Member

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    It's not safe and don't use it
     
  7. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    There are tricky ways to use it. If you make it look like you aren't profiting off it, they can't do anything.
    A tricky way would be if you could easily build links to the site and make it an authority, then you could use it to link to other sites and pass the juice.
     
  8. islandman1010

    islandman1010 Elite Member

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    Probably the worst piece of advice today. Of course they can do anything they want to if you infringe their trademarked brand name.
     
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    june007 BANNED BANNED

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    You need to pay me 100 dollar or I sue you for taking my brand name for your business!!!!!!!!!! Just kidding bro
     
  10. limez

    limez Regular Member

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    I was planning to use it for cpa. A [email protected] niche :eek:
     
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    Oh really? That's why www.paypalsucks.com has been up for 15 years? Thanks for the great insight bro!
     
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  12. uhren666

    uhren666 Newbie

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    Yes you could be sued, avoid it. The only reason you find such domain names available is because no one is legally allowed to pursue them.
     
  13. The Mentalist

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    It all depends on how the company that has the trademark approaches you.

    The cease and desist treatment is common, but you have to determine whether or not it is a shallow or serious threat they are making. If they are a big company they may not even bother with any steps that lead to legal action, and instead they may appeal directly to ICANN. I think most large companies do this for copyright infringement they want dealt with immediately. They pay $1,000-$2,000 and in 10 days the domain is transferred to them, much cheaper and easier than a lawsuit.

    The problem is you'd probably only register the domain to make money off of it in a misleading way. That is more likely to warrant real legal action.

    If a company does not actively fight infringement on their copyright they can potentially lose it. So that's why you get all of the shallow threat cease and desist emails and stuff. They have to be able to prove they are "actively protecting" their copyright. They probably don't even really care if you keep owning ihategoogle.com or whatever, because that isn't misleading anyone, now if you own google.co, that's a different story.

    Unless this is going to be making you a millionaire, I would just forget your idea. If you're dead set on it I would start by researching how the company you are trying to imitate deals with copyright infringement.
     
  14. islandman1010

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    I said they can do anything they want so what's your point? Paypal have chosen not too, quite simple really. My point was as you have no idea on the company he is talking about then you have zero knowledge if they will go after him for making a profit on the name or not. Because someone may not make a profit on a copied name does not in copyright law stop the legal process if they started it. So it was bad advice.
     
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    Try to use a domain with the name Facebook and you'll get an email in less than 2 weeks.
     
  16. jon_xx_x

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    And my point was you were wrong! Of course paypal would have tried to take it down, would you want that up about your business? lol It's okay to admit you were wrong and have no idea.
     
  17. islandman1010

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    lol. You base your case advice to the OP on 1 website you found that wasn't taken down. Do you have a law degree to come up with that? Made my day and thanks for the laugh.
     
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    And your advice is based on pretending you have a clue. I've consulted lawyers on this when I owned over 300 domains, half of which were product names. It's easy, if you don't know, just don't give advice, stops misinformation from being spread around.
     
  19. nakamura

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    Just try it. If you are ranked and they want you something then just 301 redirect it on another domain.
     
  20. VeyronXS

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    No, nothing will happen as the property is legally registered under your name.