.com domain is taken, can I use .tv domain or will I get in trouble?

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.com domain is taken, can I use .tv domain or will I get in trouble?

I'd like to purchase a domain name but it isn't available as .com and .net . However, .tv is available but I was wondering if it's legal for me to buy it and use it. Any advice? How can I be sure?
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  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    first off all, why would it be "illegal" to buy or use a .tv domain?
    If you use a brand name in the domain then yes, you can get in trouble...but you won't do that right?


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  • Profile picture of the author therealdeal
    Hi yes it is totally fine to use it as far as my knowledge. But if you want to be exactly sure you can always do a quick google search. If you can't find anything on the subject it probably doesn't exist... LOL

    Hope this helps...

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    No you won't get into legal trouble, however, I rarely see the TVs high in search engine rankings. They are also more expensive to register. The TV extension also implies a digital media site with videos. It is ideally suited for a video site, IMHO. I would steer clear and go back to the drawing board and find a .com or .net.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Your question makes me wonder if there is a bit more to this story than you're revealing here. Why would you think that buying a domain name would get you "in trouble" unless you believed you were infringing upon someones copyrighted name?

    As other posters have already mentioned its the name before the TLD that can get you into legal hot water if you choose something that is a trademark or is copyrighted by a well known company or individual. So microsoft.tv is probably a bad idea!

    The advice you have received here is sound - stay away from .WS, .TV is really only useful for media sites and .COM is your best bet - unless your site is in the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada in which the local country TLD's are also common.

    Without revealing the actual name could you explain to us why you suspect buying this name would get you "in trouble"?

    Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author Tyler Pratt
      just dont register a domain like
      pepsi.tv
      cocacola.tv
      google.tv ... etc..

      everything else your good to go.
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      • Profile picture of the author clint48
        I have worried about getting in trouble before also. If the .com is taken and you can't find it on Google how do you know it is not trademarked. Anyone could trademark their site even if they are not some major brand. I have looked for .com's before that were registered, but didn't show up on any of the search engines, so I didn't buy the .net because I was worried about getting in trouble.

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    • Profile picture of the author Newrichgraphics
      Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post


      Without revealing the actual name could you explain to us why you suspect buying this name would get you "in trouble"?

      Bill
      I never said I suspected buying this name would get me in trouble. There isn't anything that I'm not revealing.

      I just asked a question because I was worried that the people who own the .com could get mad at me for using the same name.

      I have know idea who they are, they don't even have a website and I have no idea if they have registered a trademark or anything.

      I just know the .com is taken and there's no site in that domain, that is it! And by the way, it isn't microsoft.com, pepsi.com. cocacola.com, and nothing near it...the name consists of just two common words and no brand that I know of is associated with them.
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      • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
        Originally Posted by Newrichgraphics View Post

        I never said I suspected buying this name would get me in trouble.
        Actually you did say exactly that - read the title of your post!

        .com domain is taken, can I use .tv domain or will I get in trouble?
        Check out these two links, they should answer any questions you may have about the name in question:

        U.S. Copyright Office - Search Copyright Records

        CIPO &mdash; Canadian Copyrights Database &mdash; Search Page

        Bill
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        • Profile picture of the author Newrichgraphics
          Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

          Actually you did say exactly that - read the title of your post!
          I never said I SUSPECTED anything. I just ASKED whether I could get in trouble but that doesn't necessarily mean I suspected anything. I mean I could ask "Would we all die if the sun crashed with the earth?" but that doesn't necessarily mean that I SUSPECT it will happen. It's just a question...
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      • Profile picture of the author Sparhawke
        Originally Posted by Newrichgraphics View Post

        I never said I suspected buying this name would get me in trouble. There isn't anything that I'm not revealing.

        I just asked a question because I was worried that the people who own the .com could get mad at me for using the same name.

        I have know idea who they are, they don't even have a website and I have no idea if they have registered a trademark or anything.

        I just know the .com is taken and there's no site in that domain, that is it! And by the way, it isn't microsoft.com, pepsi.com. cocacola.com, and nothing near it...the name consists of just two common words and no brand that I know of is associated with them.
        I am currently in the middle of something like this, and I say to hell with them. If they have such a fantastic niche and cannot even be bothered to put any content on it to make it better for people then it is their loss when you come along and do something about it.

        If you make a massive site yourself you could even argue that it is THEY who are squatting on your copyright since you built and developed the internet real estate and they are simply milking it for themselves.

        You would need a good lawyer to argue this for you.
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  • I often buy .TV domain names, but then I normally use them for video related to the topic or as redirect links for affiliate products that I am promoting in my podcast. Can't see a reason not to use them, pick one thats easy to remember and spell out if you are promoting using video or audio files though.
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    • Profile picture of the author howinfo
      Can You tell us what the website is going to be about, or what is the domain name. Somebody might be able to give you some new Ideas for a domain name so you can get .com if that is what you really want.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimAtkinson
    Stick with the .com's and .nets my friend and then your problem is gone-
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    • Originally Posted by TimAtkinson View Post

      Stick with the .com's and .nets my friend and then your problem is gone-
      I wouldnt take that advice. Self proclaimed Internet Gurus should know better than that.
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  • Profile picture of the author HostingBurst
    depends if your using a trademark in it
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  • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
    .tv actually refers to the Pacific island of Tuvalu, nothng to do with video, although that is what it is used for.

    The registering of .tv tld's is one of the island's main sources of revenue.

    .tv - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And yes, anyone can register a .tv name providing the bit before the "dot" is not a trademark or copyrighted.

    If however you want to register yourname.com.tv (or yourname.net.tv, etc.) you have to be a resident of Tuvalu.
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    What I thinks is as far as your are promoting right thing not illegal or bad things than go ahead with .tv.

    And it is more safe if it is your product and you want to tell people about your product so in this case it is absolutely fine.

    Alam
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  • Profile picture of the author Sparhawke
    If you use Amazon.tv for a site about the actual amazon basin I don't see a problem so long as you state in no uncertain terms you have nothing to do with amazon (the store) and redirect people to that...

    However it is a grey area best avoided.
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit-smart
    Originally Posted by Newrichgraphics View Post

    .com domain is taken, can I use .tv domain or will I get in trouble?

    I'd like to purchase a domain name but it isn't available as .com and .net . However, .tv is available but I was wondering if it's legal for me to buy it and use it. Any advice? How can I be sure?

    have you tried variations?

    Sportscars.com
    Sport-cars.com
    Sports-car.com
    Sports-cars.com

    Personally I never, ever, register anything but a .com or .net
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Keegan
    If you intend on using the name to build a brand around a video/media site then the .tv extension can work quite well.

    If however you you are just looking for an alternative to .com then I'd stick to .net or .org if available.

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    Danny.
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  • Profile picture of the author cityofangels
    How could you get into trouble using .tv?

    .org is another good extension that gets picked up by Google and ranks well if .net and .com aren't available.
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  • Profile picture of the author ecoverbox
    i have seen a few .tv domain. I personally would go for .net for SEO purposes
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