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Is it legal for me to create a website with the same URL
But with a word appended to the end of the URL?

 11:01 pm on Feb 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

I want to create a new website where it uses the content (fair and legal use) of another website called INSERTNAME.com.

I want to call my website INSERTNAMESOMETHING.com.

Would I get into trouble if I do this?



 11:15 pm on Feb 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

Maybe not with any law, if you claim it's fair and legal, but the owner of the site you are copying sure won't be inviting you to a Leaf's game in his private box and serving you hot wings and beer.


 12:04 am on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Get written permission from the other guy to syndicate his content and you'll be fine.

Otherwise, expect to get a DMCA notice sooner or later, and have your site taken down.


 12:07 am on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ok I'll get serious. First of all what you are describing almost sounds like a scrape and scramble site. Members here disgust, I mean discuss, those all the time and I don't think you'll find anyone on here who will have any kind words to say about that.

But, because I don't know for sure that is what you are considering; here's my 2 cents worth. It's considered fair and legal according to who? Next, in what jurisdiction of this planet is the present site established in? Have you verified the laws of that land and not only the one you reside in. Have to checked for trademark infringement?

But even more than the above -- applying a name as you indicated is like being on the Price Is Right and bidding $701 on that diamond bit ice auger when the person before you just bid $700. It's not a very classy tactic.


 10:13 am on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Would I get into trouble if I do this?

If it's a straight duplication it is very unlikely to rank in the search engines at all.

What would be the point in publishing it?

I'm puzzled as to why a.n.other site would just let you copy all their work?

Is their content original?


 8:49 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

If you fairly and legally use another entity's (EXAMPLE.com) content, according to their license, that's fine and expected.

If you create a site under a domain that appears to be intentionally confusing (EXAMPLEonline.com) or implicative of involvement or endorsement of that other entity (EXAMPLEnews.com), and then duplicate their content, you're likely to irritate them. In many jurisdictions, they have legal recourse. If EXAMPLE is trademarked, even more so.

There are special allowances for parody and criticism sites (EXAMPLEsucks.com), but those allowances are generally voided if there is no parody or critique of the content.

The most popular online encyclopedia site and the most popular online classifieds site deal with this sort of thing often. Their responses vary.


 10:10 pm on Feb 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thank you for all of your responses. I understand the concerns of using this website's content, but the content is in public-domain and the creator of it created this website as a way to share his work freely.

I think the safest way (and also to avoid pissing off the person sharing his excellent work) is to just create a new website name.

Thanks all.

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