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Misspelling domain registration

Is it legal?

     

gartar

10:45 am on Jan 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Can someone tell me, is it legal to register domain that is similar to another domain?

For example.Let's say someone is registered the domain MyFree.com.

In that case is it legal for me to register:

MyFre.com or MyFee.com or Myfreee.com or something like that?

Thank you in advance.

surrealillusions

12:59 pm on Jan 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Try typing in domain names similiar to some big names, like google or yahoo. Theres alot of companies out there that get traffic just from people mis-typing a domain name.

I dont think its illegal, its just that when people realise their mistake, i dont think they stay long. I certainly dont if i mis-type a domain name. I see its the wrong site, and then re-type the domain name properly, checking the spelling again.

So unless you have an absolutely fantastic mind-bending website, then dont expect people to stay if its a mi-typed domain name hit. But then again, if you did have n absolutely fantastic mind-bending website, then people would visit anyway surely?

:)

Laker

7:17 pm on Jan 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member



You may want to take a look at this earlier post (from December 27th):

[webmasterworld.com...]

"In a lawsuit filed in Seattle earlier this month Microsoft alleges that Red Register snatched up 125 domain names, all "confusingly similar to Microsoft's Marks" in order to profit from Web advertising, a practice known as typosquatting and cybersquatting."

adrianTNT

7:41 am on Jan 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I had some typo domain names too, I just received an email for 3 of them, email is form some kind of lawfirm and they say I could be paying 100 000 $ for each domain if I do not handle them to them.

HuskyPup

1:44 pm on Jan 25, 2008 (gmt 0)



Can someone tell me, is it legal to register domain that is similar to another domain?

Of course it is since don't forget that many English misspellings may actually be real names, words or companies in other languages however if you try and pretend to be something that you are not then expect possible future problems!

[edited by: HuskyPup at 1:45 pm (utc) on Jan. 25, 2008]