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Would these type of domain names be subject to DMCA and other similar crap?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by ShadeDream, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    For example, would domains such as *CelebrityNameHere*FanSite.com be liable to take downs and copyright infringement or any other legal crap? Is it easy to lose those type of domains if the site intent is commercial? Or does this only apply to companies and trademarks?
     
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    Any trademark infringement can be subject to a takedown notice. It just depends on how aggressive they are in protecting their brand.
     
  3. saveferris

    saveferris Registered Member

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    Celebrity names cannot be trademarked. There's more than one Brad Pitt in the world, you know.

    There's an interesting article on Sedo about celebrity names in domains. Unfortunately, I can't post links here yet, so do a Google search for "celebrity cybersquatting" sedo and you should be able to find it.
     
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    You can make celebrity fan sites no issue... I also have one good domain for very famous celebrity which I am going to develop very soon... :) I don't think any celebrity got trademark on their name lol if they do they may start asking people to pay money for naming their children...

    Hell imagine no Mr. Pitt can name his son Brad if they do they have to pay money to Brad Pitt... Funny...
     
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  5. buttulgly

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    It comes down to a fair use issue. Found a good artilce on it and then was pinged by the auto-mod for posting URLS. Oh well, so much for doing the right thing and sending you to the source. Here is the summary. Just google a string from this to find the article in question.

    As a general rule, you can use a trademark (or celebrity's name) for editorial or informational purposes without infringing. Such uses do not require permission because they inform, educate, or express opinions protected under the First Amendment. For example, "Super Size" is a trademark of a big burger conglom and is used in the title of a documentary. (Speaking of documentaries that use McTrademarks, the Dear Rich staff really loved "McLibel"). "Sinatra" is also a federally registered trademark and is used in documentary titles; ditto for James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. The laws protecting celebrity names and likenesses only go so far and you will likely run into problems if you sell goods or services using the celebrity's name or image, or if you imply the endorsement of the celebrity for any goods or services.
     
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    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    DMCA does not apply to domains... I believe current law states that domain names are not trademarkable. Don't quote me on it though.
     
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    DMCA does not apply to domains... I believe current law states that domain names are not trademarkable. Don't quote me on it though.
     
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    aasmaforu Registered Member

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    there are lots of justin bieber domains ranking on google. ;)
    even brangelina has been registered and ranking without objection.
     
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    i have a domain (michaeljackson******.com ) that around the end of june of each year (sine he died in 2009) receives thousands of visits,
    i would sell it to sedo but i can't add it because

    can you suggest me another place where i could sell it without these limitations ?
     
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    Thanks for the replies. It's just that I want to register a domain and make sure that it won't be taken from me. I was trying to find out if I could actually use celebrity names as if not I would then go for their initials. I think I might still do that though.

    And for anyone else interested, this is the Sedo article mentioned by saveferris:

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    http://www.sedo.com/links/showlinks.php3?tracked=&partnerid=&language=us&Id=2365
    PS. I only quoted the more useful part here.