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(Trademark)forum.com ,(FamousMark)forum.com, (BrandName)forum.com is that legal?

 8:31 pm on Nov 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

hello DP members,
i want to knwo is that liggel to have such domains name <snip - see revised thread title> so such companies won't ever claim it's a copywrite infringement of their trade mark
best regards,

[edited by: Webwork at 3:43 am (utc) on Nov 9, 2012]



 11:08 pm on Nov 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

probably better to go with:


 12:34 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

It is legal until the offended party brings suit and a judge and/or jury agrees with them.


 1:16 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

yeah t just asked such question because I've ben many forums like that <snip>

[edited by: Webwork at 3:42 am (utc) on Nov 9, 2012]
[edit reason] We avoid naming names to avoiding "outings" and other issues. See Charter [/edit]


 3:48 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

It only becomes a problem when you either get sued, get a cease and desist notice, get a NAF arbitration notice or suffer some other consequence AFTER building up a site and becoming addicted to whatever income it brought in.

Recently I've become aware of situations where brands have been giving existing exploiters limited and controlled options to continue existing popular sites, usually requiring a written agreement ~ a licensing agreement and possibly requiring the removal of certain site "features" or cessation of certain practices.


 7:15 pm on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

hello DP members

Did you take a wrong turn somewhere? ;)


 10:16 pm on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Heh. I didn't even notice that. (DP-- a different one-- is My Second Forum. This one is the third.)


 6:54 pm on Nov 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

actually i asked the same question at digitalpoint and i got no answer there so i post it here because it's important question to me


 3:02 pm on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

I agree with Webwork that sites may require written agreements, licensing agreement and possibly requiring the removal of certain site features. So it's a good idea to get permission before investing into these sites.

Also, I feel (brandname) sites will feel comfortable granting permission to sites that are resourceful to its customers, communities with a common purpose and to sites that do not confuse or claim to be part of the (brandname) company (similar logo, colors, branding, etc.). Disclaimers and terms of use are a must.


 4:55 pm on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

Of course when it comes to legality the question is where? You may be in one jurisdiction, the site hosted in a second and the domain registered in a third. Then as well as the courts you have to worry about your hosting services ToS and the domain registrar's disputes procedure.

Even if you are 100% legal in your own country you may still find your hosting account frozen or your domain taken away.

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