Probably not, since you don't copyright. You may want to copyright it quickly before the other one does.
[quote]Can I tell them to take it down?[quote]
Probably not unless you own the Trademarked name. But you could try contacting them to see if they want to sell it to you.
Has anyone here actually trademarked their "domainname" or "domain-name"? What were the costs involved? Was that trademarking successful? Did it efficiently prevent anyone anywhere in the world from registering i.e. domainname.co.nz or domainname.bg etc?
|Can I tell them to take it down? |
Yes. You don't have a case, but who cares? Do what many companies have done: threaten with a lawsuit. Often, people will flat out panic if they receive an ominous letter from an attorney. I seem to get a threat once a month - sometime more.
IANAL (I Am Not A Lawyer)
IAAL - I am a lawyer but I don't give legal opinions to posters in forums
If it's 'keyword' - like broad, generic keyword - for example 'business' + 'directory' - forget trademark and forget the letter. You might be protected from someone creating a print directory that employs your domain name, but the protection you get form owning WidgetDirectory.com is that there IS only one WidgetDirectory.com available for registration.
KW-KWrepeated-Directory may be beating you in the SERPs for awhile, due to factors other than the repeated KW - but when a directory chooses to survive based upon such an identity it certainly looks like SE spam, manipulation, amateur - you name it.
The best defense/offense for your directory isn't its domain name alone. What also counts is its useful content, ease of navigation, etc.
I've had this happen to me. It didn't turn out to be a big deal.
HOwever, let me point out that you should get both the plural and singular of your name.
I made the mistake of not getting qualitywidgetsdotcom when I had qualitywidgetdotcom -
I know I sent them a lot of traffic by people typing in the url and adding an s to the name.
I made the mistake of not getting qualitywidgetsdotcom when I had qualitywidgetdotcom<<<<<<<<<
Just found out about that.....they got plural ,as well as, ing. I just bought their company domain for info, biz, org, net and ws versions. Hopefully I can use that to get back my plural and ingdotcom.
We recently bought a domain for a new business we are opening online and my first thought was that I wanted the site to be name-keyword.com for SE reasons (a derivitation of our legal company name). I also bought the namekeyword.com version because I knew the dash wouldn't likely be remembered for type ins.
I really didn't bother purchasing the other variations, only because I have had people by the .net's of my .com's several times now and it has never been a big deal. But, most of my sites rely on SE's for traffic and not branding. If anything, they probably send traffic to ME when people type it in.