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May 8th, 2005, 02:46 AM #1Unethical or ..... ?Suppose there is an already well-established and known merchant website using a non-trivial word combination in their domain. As an example letís suppose the combination is EnglishHeritage.com. I am thinking of entering the market with the purpose of selling similar products and want to grab a very similar domain name (substituting just the first of the two words in their domain; for the sake of the example, letís say itíll be BritishHeritage.com)Ö How unethical is it (if any)? Are there any legal issues (connected with copyright law) that I might bump into? I would very much appreciate your thoughts on thisÖ
May 8th, 2005, 06:38 AM #2
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Make sure the domain name doesn't "mirror", spoof, directly compete or degrade the other if it's a registered copywrited name. Some merchants, many anal companies and certainly famous folks take offense easily.
Now if your domain add some value to the trademark holder's product or image then your usually home free. Case in point. Microsoft ( ie. anal company) actually purchased the company using the domain Lookout.com which made e-mail spam filtering apps for Outlook and Outlook Express.Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie
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May 8th, 2005, 06:50 AM #3
If they have a trademark, your name is confusingly similar, and your site is in the same industry, you might have a problem. Check with an intellectual property attorney. Even if the attorney things you have a good chance of winning the court cases, you might want to consider the costs of fighting the battles.
May 8th, 2005, 08:08 AM #4
If they are using generic words like english and heritage you shouldn't have much of a problem.
May 8th, 2005, 08:49 AM #5
i know as a merchant,
we have had to warn off a few people, trying to jump on our brand name.
and not so far away from here.
you have to be carefull who you might upset.
if they come after you,,, it could be costly.
May 9th, 2005, 08:52 AM #6Originally Posted by Jane
May 9th, 2005, 09:24 AM #7biz36Guest
Also don't forget a large company has a lot more money to fight a court battle against you. Even if you have done nothing wrong a costly battle can easily put you under.
May 10th, 2005, 01:21 PM #8Originally Posted by Dasha
Best of luck!
May 10th, 2005, 01:31 PM #9
May 10th, 2005, 01:41 PM #10
Two days ago, Neil-comrade. We're starting a private merchant forum here beginning of next month...
May 10th, 2005, 01:54 PM #11
its nice to see you back..
I had not been here very long before
they sent you to the salt mines.
glad that the exile has been reversed.
I think I was almost going to join you on one or two
and how Gordon was not put against the wall and shot is a
May 10th, 2005, 01:54 PM #12
You may want to check to see if they actually have a registered trademark on the name. In the US, try the United States Patent and Trademark Office website. Also, a trademark in the US doesn't always equate to a trademark internationally. NOLO has a bunch of information and books on this stuff. Well worth a visit...
Geno, why do all the links on your site lead to the catalog page?Eathan Mertz
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May 10th, 2005, 01:59 PM #13Originally Posted by Neil
May 10th, 2005, 09:54 PM #14
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they are right, make sure you have a unique domain.
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