|Legality of Using "Inc." in Domain Name|
| 10:08 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)|
There's the movie Monsters, Inc., the book Search Engine Marketing, Inc., the video game Casino, Inc., and I'm sure there are plenty more examples of the use of "Inc." in titles of such products that are, of course, itself not corporations.
If such creative use of the abbreviation is allowed, would it then also be acceptable to use it in the domain (and name) of a site, e.g. Widgets Inc. at widgetsinc.com, where Widgets Inc. is not a corporation, but rather a trademark?
| 11:47 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I see no way for us to answer your question in a way that would be worthy of trust and/or reliance.
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