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12:23 pm on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi there, I need an advice.

Suppose there is a website by the name of www.londonbusiness.com which is an online business directory and i also register a site by the name www.londonbusiness.co.uk which is also a business directory, can the guys from www.londonbusiness.com sue me or something?

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1:52 pm on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We are not lawyers and cannot give definitive answers, you need to consult a suitably qualified legal professional.

Assuming that both sites relate to the same city (there is more than one London in the world) then my totally non professional opinion would be not to risk it.
6:26 pm on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)



If you try to pass the new site off as being the same or similar to the original, watch your back!

Consult a lawyer since using two generic names like this may actually be allowed!
3:10 am on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I am a lawyer, although I don't do trademark or copyright law. With that said, the issue is whether the domain name contains a trademarked phrase, a business name, or commercial likeness. If it does, then you could probably be sued.

However, if the name itself is for two general terms that are not clearly identified with a specific business like "London" and "business" then they have no grounds.
12:35 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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However, if the name itself is for two general terms that are not clearly identified with a specific business like "London" and "business" then they have no grounds.

I don't think that you make it clear that a particular combination of generic terms can still make up a valid busienss name - such as "London" + "Weekend" + "Television" (now defunct I think but a major TV station at one time).
 

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