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    Domain name infingement?
    Hello everyone I just have a question that hopefully someone can answer. I recently set up a dating site with an e-book sale at the end. I saw that a domain name was available that has an extremely popular dating site name at the end (suffix) but I have another popular keyword at it's prefix. Is this allowable? I went ahead an purchased it and have it setup on my host account, so It is live right now. Any opinions are appreciated. Thanks..

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    Ok, Thank you. I have read it. How do I go about finding out if there is infringement with this domain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmfsolutions View Post
    Ok, Thank you. I have read it. How do I go about finding out if there is infringement with this domain?
    if the brand in question shows on your domain name, there probably is.

    at this point you should compare notes with the dating site itself and possibly get permission in writing.

    Good Luck!

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    It may very well be in the merchant's Terms of Service. Read it.

    Also, United States Patent and Trademark Office to check Trademarks. Even if there is no trademark, but the merchant prohibits the use of their name in a domain name, you will be violating their terms that you have agreed to follow...
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    You can reach out to the merchant to see if they would allow it then you have it in writing. Sometimes a merchant will allow an affiliate to do something they don't have time for. But, they can still take back the domain.

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    I'd definitely check the resources that were mentioned above, especially the trademark look up and the merchant agreement. Many terms and conditions will mention something about trademarks and restrictions and if you're in violation, you're likely to get commissions reversed and the domain taken via UDRP. Trading on someone else's name by using it in your URL is pretty slippery ground.
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