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Can I use a similar domain name
abersoch windsurfer




msg:4163467
 3:05 pm on Jul 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have just created a website and someone has pointed out that the domain name is similar to that of another website that does almost the same thing e.g. lets say they are betpay.com, I am betpaypoint.com. Could this other website make me change my domain name? Should I change the domain name now before the website really gets going (which will involve quite a bit of work and some expense).

 

abersoch windsurfer




msg:4163477
 3:18 pm on Jul 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

The websites looks completely different btw. I haven't copied them in any way, but I am offering a very similar service

piatkow




msg:4165147
 10:05 am on Jul 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

There is always a risk of being accused of "passing off". That will depend on the jurisdiction that you are in and probably other factors that we are not aware of.

tangor




msg:4166276
 4:25 am on Jul 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

In some jurisdictions it might be considered "infringing". Do diligent research and make informed decisions before proceeding.

kaled




msg:4166345
 7:04 am on Jul 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

So, when researching your potential competition you didn't find this company. Nor did you find it when looking for a domain name even though it contained keywords you are targetting.

A court might find this implausible so changing the domain name now (and installing a redirect) may be prudent.

Kaled.

bwnbwn




msg:4166779
 8:14 pm on Jul 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Research the name if it isn't trademarked then I would stick with what I have. If the domain name has good keywords for your nitch keep it. Just make sure the company has no trademarks on "betpay" and IMO your gonna be just fine.

idof




msg:4167001
 7:30 am on Jul 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

As long as there is no infringement, boldly go forward

robho




msg:4167525
 1:11 am on Jul 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

It works both ways, would you want visitors to get confused and go to the other site?

Probably depends whether your objective is a throw-away "me too" site, or something you plan to build into a long-term brand.

Personally I would spend the time and money to pick the right domain at the beginning, rather than changing (or being forced to change it) eventually. It'll never be cheaper later.

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