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Can I use another company's name in my own domain name?

For instance "Apple/Microsoft(teach,train,school,etcDotCom"

     
6:34 pm on Apr 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hello,

I'd like to offer training videos based on another company's software. Similar to what Lynda.com does. They offer photoshop tutorials.

But I want my domain name to contain the name of the business/software that I will be offering training for.

For instance if I were offering apple product training videos and just assuming the domain is available, would I get in trouble for having a domain like:

Apple\Microsoft/Train/Teach/School/EDU/Etc.com

Would this be copyright infringement?

Thanks for any help.

[edited by: Webwork at 12:02 pm (utc) on Apr 24, 2012]
[edit reason] Generalized hypothetical domain sinces no one wants to get anyone in sued, right? :-/ [/edit]

7:19 pm on Apr 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Avoid using someone else's trademark in your domain name unless you have authoritative, written permission from the trademark holder to do so.

Even if you could get permission, consider that it would likely be worth more to you in the long run to develop your own branding rather than piggybacking on someone else's.
1:32 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have seen this done but only by associates such as authorised dealers, not by independents.
2:58 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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>>Would this be copyright infringement?

have you got the money to find out? eg. if the trademark holder contacted you saying they will sue you if you continue to use the domain, could you afford to fight them in court if they start proceedings ... because if not, it is irrelevant, you will lose.
9:50 pm on Apr 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Bad idea.

But for entertainment's sake... GO FOR IT!

Lemme go make some popcorn.