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and you will get burned. I believe this will be used against you in future proceedings too (i.e., "Your honor, he has a habit of registering trademarked names for profit")
If, at the other extreme, it looks good, professional and people trust it because they believe it has links to Google, then it will succeed, and 100% certainly will attract the attention of Google's lawyers.
Theoretically, there is one site in between those extremes that has enough success to be worth the sleepless nights, but not enough to alert Google.
No-one has yet found that domain name, and frankly, I doubt it's worth looking for it. Many have tried, many have failed, and some of them still feel hard done by. It's a sad and bitter road. Much better to build a site of your own, and stand or fall by your own efforts.
Don't you think all those fake-google sites look pathetic? Would you give them your hard earned cash?
[edited by: Quadrille at 11:34 am (utc) on Oct. 23, 2006]
But I've yet to meet anyone who googled before Google did - or YouTubed before YouTube.
I never heard of a clone who got rich, though. mind you, I've seen a couple get laughed at on a national scale!