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November 30th, 2007, 10:09 PM #1
Trademark in url ?
- Join Date
- May 17th, 2006
I have domain that contains brand/trademark in url address ... example sony-mydomain.com applemp3.com etc ....
Is that violate TOS or law ?
November 30th, 2007, 10:57 PM #2
- Join Date
- February 21st, 2007
- Seattle, WA
Yes, it violates trademark law and it may also violate affiliate program TOS.
There are some exceptions:
- Authorized use: many sellers are authorized to use the trademark in their advertising to sell the product (ex: authorized sony dealer).
- Free speech: sonysucks.com, etc.
Many companies are unaware of the trademark domains registered by their affiliates, competitors or just squatters. However, their current lack of awareness doesn't mean that they can't come after you legally later when they discover the practice.
December 1st, 2007, 12:01 AM #3
While most merchants do not allow this, some merchants will allow variations that use trademarks, but not other variations.
For example, some may allow: domain.com/trademark
as in outdoorstore.com/acmesnowboards
but not allow trademark.domain.com
as in acmesnowboards.outdoorstore.com
Read the merchant terms carefully, and if in doubt ask (better sure & safe than sorry)
December 1st, 2007, 08:56 AM #4
like OTPROF said, many will allow it after the domain, ie:
but there are a lot that won't even allow it at all in the url.