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3:05 pm on Jul 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have just created a website and someone has pointed out that the domain name is similar to that of another website that does almost the same thing e.g. lets say they are betpay.com, I am betpaypoint.com. Could this other website make me change my domain name? Should I change the domain name now before the website really gets going (which will involve quite a bit of work and some expense).
3:18 pm on July 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The websites looks completely different btw. I haven't copied them in any way, but I am offering a very similar service
10:05 am on July 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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There is always a risk of being accused of "passing off". That will depend on the jurisdiction that you are in and probably other factors that we are not aware of.
4:25 am on July 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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In some jurisdictions it might be considered "infringing". Do diligent research and make informed decisions before proceeding.
7:04 am on July 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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So, when researching your potential competition you didn't find this company. Nor did you find it when looking for a domain name even though it contained keywords you are targetting.

A court might find this implausible so changing the domain name now (and installing a redirect) may be prudent.

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8:14 pm on July 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Research the name if it isn't trademarked then I would stick with what I have. If the domain name has good keywords for your nitch keep it. Just make sure the company has no trademarks on "betpay" and IMO your gonna be just fine.
7:30 am on July 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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As long as there is no infringement, boldly go forward
1:11 am on July 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It works both ways, would you want visitors to get confused and go to the other site?

Probably depends whether your objective is a throw-away "me too" site, or something you plan to build into a long-term brand.

Personally I would spend the time and money to pick the right domain at the beginning, rather than changing (or being forced to change it) eventually. It'll never be cheaper later.