Brand Names in Domain Names?

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What is the recommendation on this. Can I safely register say "NikonLenses.org" or something like that? I do see functioning sites label this way.

Please help as I'm about to pull the trigger.
#brand #domain #names
  • Profile picture of the author Elmer Hurlstone
    Potentially big trouble.

    The Trademark owner is the final arbiter on use of their owned name.

    If they wish to prohibit use of the name by others they may legally do so.

    Elmer
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    • Profile picture of the author Techguy
      Thanks, that's what I figured. I've seen another guy get a letter asking that he turn over the domain but that was it. He was promoting their product but I guess it didn't matter. Oh well, back to researching.
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  • Profile picture of the author i-netbiz
    There is a trade mark issue risk involved. If your business becomes bigg enough, the trade mark owner will most likely take some acton to end a violation of its rights
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  • Profile picture of the author asupport
    Don't do it! I got into big toruble some years ago, because I had a domain with the word "polo-shirt" in it. I was contacted by a lwayer asking me to take it down immediately. I had no idea that the name polo-shirt might be trademarked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Parker
    I busted by Honda for a performance parts site I use to own. Received some nice letters from their attorneys. They said I could only use the name for news or a non-profit site. I still have the name if anyone wants to buy it. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author AffiliateTraining
    Yeah, everyone is right about this. I also had the .org version of a well-known UK organisation taken off me a few years ago. The first I heard about it was a notice of court action, so they didn't even contact me to discuss it first. I simply called up their lawyers, which is what they probably expected, and handed it over to them. There's nothing else you can do in these circumstances - the alternative is go to court, lose, and then have to pay the legal costs too.

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  • Profile picture of the author IShawn
    I am surprised by the 'polo-shirt' name being registered. I thought I would err on the side of caution on this and check with the Intellectual Property Office (UK) at Intellectual Property Office - Trade marks - find by mark text or image
    Where do you guys check for possible domain name problems?
    I came across it in my searches for micro-niches and found 'febreze air freshener' as a candidate. I think I should stick to product types...
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  • Profile picture of the author IShawn
    I just looked up Tweeter in the resource I gave above and someone has a new application for this dated 30th July. What happens when this happens in retrospect? I hope that if someone has it before the application then it is safe.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeyman120
      Originally Posted by IShawn View Post

      I just looked up Tweeter in the resource I gave above and someone has a new application for this dated 30th July. What happens when this happens in retrospect? I hope that if someone has it before the application then it is safe.
      Wow I looked, You got me! I may have to change it again. I already have a few ideas that will work.

      Mike
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      • Profile picture of the author Rob Springer
        It all makes logical sense - you just gotta' wonder though how come there are so many IM products with the word "Google" in them.

        I have a project in development that involves getting strong results from Google & I had my sights set on the perfect name for it - with "Google" in the URL - but I realized it's likely too risky.

        Rob
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    Please don't play with branded names, instead of Nikon why don't you try with the camera keyword and find good phrase about it or some short of electronics name so people will understand what is related.

    I hope this might help you out...
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  • Profile picture of the author ppcpimp
    def not worth the risk. go with a generic name in the niche/
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  • Profile picture of the author IShawn
    What happens when you use something like Twittering? Easily understood and not trademarked...
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