joined:July 3, 2015
Long story short, a domain flipper has presented me with a very lucrative opportunity to purchase a high end domain name.
It's a short two word domain, but I'm worried about a possible legal issue.
Can someone trademark a generic term?
The issue here, is there is a long-standing magazine (which has a website) and the name of the magazine matches the two word domain being presented.
But the term is generic and used in every day sports chatter.
For example, if there was a "Baseball News" magazine out there and I bought baseballnews.com - and started reporting about baseball - can the magazine legally go after me to seize the domain? (maybe claim affiliation confusion).
The domain wont be cheap, I dont want to spend a small fortune and invest time in building the brand - if someone can come along and snatch it away.
I plan to speak to a lawyer, but figured someone here may have experience on either side of the coin of this situation.