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Domain Name Infringement and Cybersquatting

Domain Name Infringement and Cybersquatting

   
7:51 am on Jun 24, 2012 (gmt 0)



Hello,

I purchased several domain names last year. The domain names have been parked but I have not made any profit. I just learned about trademark infringement and cybersquatting regarding domain names that I never new anything about. So I started researching about trademark infringement/cybersquatting and I had several domains that fit this description. I deleted those domain names from my domain account so they are no longer associated to me and will be released back to the public.

My question is do I need be worried can I still be contacted for infringement/cybersquatting although I have now deleted the domains?

I appreciate any insight you could provide.

Thank you!
1:41 pm on Jun 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member



You don't need to worry, although you can still be contacted if someone
was smart enough to document (e.g. screenshots) what you did. Just be
ready to talk to a lawyer with real-world experience if that happens.

Meanwhile just clean up house, try not to do this again, and stay out of
trouble when you can.

David
3:07 pm on Jun 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator webwork is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



I never new anything about


So, exactly what motivated you to acquire these specific domains? Just random chance? Bad luck/guess that you acquired multiple trademark connected domains?

The "I never knew anything" defense will fail the "sniff test" if you registered/acquired more than 1 trademark related domain.

Laws may make "~putting the stolen goods back" (akin to actively deleting a domain) a factor to be considered in setting/reducing a penalty. However, in most cases you can no more uncommit a crime or violation of law than you can unring a bell.

[edited by: Webwork at 1:57 am (utc) on Jun 25, 2012]

7:29 pm on Jun 24, 2012 (gmt 0)



You don't need to worry, although you can still be contacted if someone was smart enough to document (e.g. screenshots) what you did. Just be ready to talk to a lawyer with real-world experience if that happens.

Meanwhile just clean up house, try not to do this again, and stay out of
trouble when you can.

David



Thank you for your response.

Is there a statue of limitations on how long someone has to contact me regarding the domains that I did previously own?


Thank you.