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Word 'gig' copyrighted?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by Scorpion Ghost, May 6, 2015.

  1. Scorpion Ghost

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    So... is the word "Gig" copyrighted?

    I've been reading something, and apparently using the word "Gig" in your domain name, or/and in your website, could be a problem. DA FAK? True or not?
     
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    Sooo...........???
     
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    :)) well, not an expert though it sounds crazy to me, so i doubt it... but who knows
     
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    Thanks for the response.

    I know, right? It does sound crazy, but one never knows.

    Thing is, I already thought of a domain name, and I was just about to register it before accidentally coming across this issue. And now I'm sort of stuck, hoping someone clears the air about it here, or at least points me in the right direction...
     
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    Is there any info on which words are copyrighted? Although I don't think it is.
     
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    I'm quite sure single words cannot be copyrighted, even a made up one. Certainly not a common word such as gig. Trademark might be a bit different but still not possible for a single common word
     
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    This is accurate information in my opinion. You might be able to trademark a slogan, or words, but you would definitely have to combine words in unique ways to claim a copyright as having written/created something.
     
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    But can the word "gig" be used in a domain name?

    For example, "gigwhatever.com."

    I mean, there is this, and they didn't get shut down - http://gigbucks.com/


    Anyone knows for a fact?
     
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    Perhaps the use of the word gig in this specific context is trademarked. The word itself can't be, but possibly the way it's used to mean "small job" or whatever. Sort of like Dairy Queen's blizzard. The word blizzard cannot be trademarked but it's use as a type of ice cream can be
     
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    That's what I'm thinking. Using the word in the context that I wanna use it would, could, be a problem.

    Damn you fiverr!!! :p
     
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    Fiverr's trademark for both "gig" and "gigs" was terminated on 9/10/2014:
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    http://www.trademarkia.com/gig-85168404.html
    http://www.trademarkia.com/gigs-85168396.html
    this was in their footer before, not anymore: "FIVERR, $5 GIG, GIGS, I Will ? For, The Things People Do For $5, DamnQuickPay, Fiverr graphics, logos, scripts, terms of use, instructions, designs and other service names are the trademarks and copyright of Fiverr International Limited"
     
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    Op? :)

    So this means that I'm free to use it in a domain name for a fiverr-like site?
     
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    You could maybe bite the bullet. Put it up and wait if someone sends you a notice to take it down. Lol.
     
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    wrong

    Monsanto even patented broccoli in the last month and there are new patents waiting for potatoes,Tomatos etc....
    If you want to be sure you need to check it manually in the trademark database .You need to check for which specific niche this trademark was created and for which regions
     
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    Correct me if I'm wring but you cannot copyright a single word. Copyright is automatic and requires no registration. Trademarks on the other hand must be applied for and granted and you could get a trade mark on a word when used in a specific context. For example, Fiverr could not charge ever drummer that says they have a gig, but they could stop other websites offering a service like theirs that uses the world gig.
     
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    This knowledge was true some years ago.Now many words are being trademark.

    Just have a look at the word police
     
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    Damn...

    So I guess better not to risk it...

    Maybe I'll just go with something like "aluhoihfsvdagi.com" and be safe...

    :breakpc1:
     
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    So there are actually regions that will trademark a word? How can they prove that they were the ones who came up with it?