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WebsiteNameSucks.tld? What's the status?

Can these be shut down for trademark infringement?

     
7:12 pm on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member whoisgregg is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



So what happens these days when people register a WebsiteNameSucks.tld variation on an existing trademarked site?

Does it matter how it's used? For example, if it's a legitimate gripe site does that afford them protection? What if it just redirects to a different commercial site?

I've found varied decisions by WIPO and don't know how to interpret the current state of things. Thanks!

12:50 am on Feb 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The most well known cases involving "[insert name]sucks.tld" are associated with Dan Parisi. You should be able to find lots of revelant information if you look up the cases.
2:48 pm on Feb 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the tip. I did find good information there, but still nothing in the last couple years. Is it safe to assume that nothing has changed in this area?
6:02 am on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I will do some research on Dan Parisi but
does anyone know if it is the same with domain such as
WebsitenameReviews.tld
if you want to set up a site reviewing a product of a company
lets just say.. BurgerKingReviews.com and want to set up a site to
review the products, is this a legitimate use of the domain
or can it be taken away as part of the domain is a trademark?
10:36 pm on Feb 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Those are probably questions that you should ask your attorney. Members of WebmasterWorld, myself included, do not offer any legal advice.
1:36 am on Mar 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks,
I wasn't looking for legal advise but figured if somone knew of any other cases/examples I could research that they knew of then it would lead me in the right direction. I did some other research and found a great example of case law which someone had to go through with a domain. It is Taubmansucks.com. If anyone wants to research it even the ACLU got involved to help this domain owner.
7:55 pm on Mar 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There are many sites that do operate with Namesucks.tld.

But they can be hit with C&D letters for infringing on trademarks. It's a risk, but at the same time it could be argued that under free speech these sites should exist.

It's a fine line . . . and I'm no laywer ;)

2:45 pm on Mar 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Please do not post specific examples of 'sucks domains'. Thank you.
 

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