Don't Use Trademarked Names in Your Domain Names -- Learn From My Mistake

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I spent the past week reading nonstop, I was up till 4am yesterday learning and messing with wordpress to launch my first site. I'm still new to everything but I did learn quite a lot and wanted to launch as fast as possible since I have an exact match keyword with a .net extension for a very not competitive keyword. (and my competitor with the .com extension just launched).

Anyway, it's supposed to be an affiliate website and my account got denied because it has a trademark in the domain name. WOW.

I won't say the domain name but let's say for example, its like this:
HPpavilioncases.net.
Apparently, me having an affiliate webstore that sells things with the "HPpavilion" (for example) brand name can be misconstrued as HP's website so I can't use it. I spent 10 hours making the damn website today and at the VERY end, Amazon decides to email me saying I got denied.

At least it's a lesson learned. So don't be like me and do something stupid like that. At least I found out before launch, it would've sucked if I got mailed a lawsuit years down the line for "damages".




Question:

If you're using a trademark as a topic of discussion, newssite, how-to, is that okay? For example, I saw that ipadjailbreak.com and ipadjailbreak2.com is #1 and #1 on Google SERP. It has IPAD in it and yet it's still running strong with over 4 million page views and tons of ads. They don't sell Ipads but I'm curious if it's legal because it's a topic of discussion.

I've also seen websites like galaxytabforums.com, or motorolaxoomforums, etc. Basically a device brand/model + forums + .com.
Is this okay due to the same reason??
#make #mistake #trademark #ugh #wwwww
  • Profile picture of the author tahoecale
    It just depends on the affiliate network your working with some are more leaning than others
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  • Profile picture of the author JSThompson
    This would have been avoided if you had spent some time reading on the forums. This topic has been covered many times. NEVER register a domain name with a trademark in it. It is NEVER ok. If you want to promote a product do it with keywords in your articles on your site and ads.
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    • Originally Posted by JSThompson View Post

      This topic has been covered many times. NEVER register a domain name with a trademark in it. It is NEVER ok.
      That's not true.

      You certainly may register a domain name with a trademark in it IF you obtain the trademark holder's permission.

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  • Profile picture of the author johndetlefs
    Both of those sites that you mentioned don't appear to sell products, and are monetized by adsense.

    I suspect that the issue is that you're attempting to actually sell HP products through a URL that could be misconstrued as an HP site.

    If you changed the site to an adsense site you'd probably be fine. I think.

    Mac rumors and Mac forums are similar examples... i think they'd run into problems if they started trying to actually sell mac products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny Optimo
    You should just be happy you realized this was an issue now and not 6 months down the line when the site's actually producing income.
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    • Profile picture of the author kettlecorn
      Originally Posted by Johnny Optimo View Post

      You should just be happy you realized this was an issue now and not 6 months down the line when the site's actually producing income.
      Seriously man, that would suck big time.


      Originally Posted by johndetlefs View Post

      Both of those sites that you mentioned don't appear to sell products, and are monetized by adsense.

      I suspect that the issue is that you're attempting to actually sell HP products through a URL that could be misconstrued as an HP site.

      If you changed the site to an adsense site you'd probably be fine. I think.

      Mac rumors and Mac forums are similar examples... i think they'd run into problems if they started trying to actually sell mac products.

      Yeah you're right. I found this excerpt of trademark law on domain names and it basically states that if you are using a trademark that can be believed to be the original trademark owner's website, selling their product, then it's infringement. But for "nominative fair use", if you are using it to refer to the company brand/model as a topic of discussion and NOT to suggest the company endorses you, then you are okay.

      I am guessing in the context of forums or ipadjailbreak, information news sites are okay to have trademarks in them.



      I might be able to just salvage the site. It was originally going to be an affiliate store with reviews and Amazon affiliate links but since I can't sell, I can always just report news, write reviews and put adsense on the site right?
      Would anyone advise against that?
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickP
    Sorry to hear what happened.

    Congrats on putting the time into making your own site great job and I am glad you are going to keep going.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles Jones
    you MUST MUST MUST look at EACH affiliate program you are trying to get approved for. What you described is typical for many of them, BUT many also will not allow you to bid on keywords related to their trademark ect...all of this is spelled out in the affiliate description on most networks. Make sure to be CAREFUL as they can deny ANY commissions you have earned if you violate that.

    Spend some time here and check things before trying to build out a site. It will keep you out of many landmines like that.
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    • Profile picture of the author kettlecorn
      Originally Posted by Charles Jones View Post

      you MUST MUST MUST look at EACH affiliate program you are trying to get approved for. What you described is typical for many of them, BUT many also will not allow you to bid on keywords related to their trademark ect...all of this is spelled out in the affiliate description on most networks. Make sure to be CAREFUL as they can deny ANY commissions you have earned if you violate that.

      Spend some time here and check things before trying to build out a site. It will keep you out of many landmines like that.
      Thanks, I only recently heard of this forum and joined a few days ago. been reading and watching videos for everything. Learning wordpress took a while too and I'm still not really good at it.


      Anyone have a response for this:

      I might be able to just salvage the site. It was originally going to be an affiliate store with reviews and Amazon affiliate links but since I can't sell, I can always just report news, write reviews and put adsense on the site right?
      Would anyone advise against that?
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      • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
        Yeah, don't use a trademark name in a domain name. I had an affiliate account shut down because of this...I had LOT'S of money in that affiliate account unpaid when it was shut down.

        I got the money in the long run and the account re-instated, but not after many nights of no sleep...

        Just don't do it!
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        • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
          Originally Posted by JRCarson View Post

          Yeah, don't use a trademark name in a domain name. I had an affiliate account shut down because of this...I had LOT'S of money in that affiliate account unpaid when it was shut down.

          I got the money in the long run and the account re-instated, but not after many nights of no sleep...

          Just don't do it!
          Great advice here base on experience

          Better be safe!
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  • Profile picture of the author asidewalk
    Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

    Question:

    If you're using a trademark as a topic of discussion, newssite, how-to, is that okay? For example, I saw that ipadjailbreak.com and ipadjailbreak2.com is #1 and #1 on Google SERP. It has IPAD in it and yet it's still running strong with over 4 million page views and tons of ads. They don't sell Ipads but I'm curious if it's legal because it's a topic of discussion.

    I've also seen websites like galaxytabforums.com, or motorolaxoomforums, etc. Basically a device brand/model + forums + .com.
    Is this okay due to the same reason??
    So, I've been in your shoes before... in fact I still am. Quick advice, pick a different domain if you can. Like others have said, why open yourself up the stress of any trademark issues and affiliate denials.

    My story, I'm a website developer and wanted to make a tutorial site for the cms I use. (hint, see my sig) What I didn't know, even though I used the cms daily for years building client sites, is that the word 'joomla' is trademarked. I spent two months offline building the site, getting the content put together. Mainly working after hours and lunches. So, when I launched the website I did what anyone excited would do... made a post on the joomla forums for people to check out the site. My response? post deleted and eventually thread locked. Talk about a buzz kill on launch day.

    The trademark holder has a method for you to request permission to use it, which I've filled out, but never got a response. I searched the net to find out their typical 'must have this to be approved' guidelines, and went ahead and added them to my site. Technically no permission etc.

    Next, I went to research US trademark law. I'm not a trademark lawyer, so take with a grain of salt, but It all boils down to how the word is being used, and why it is being used. Basically, the company would have to prove that the trademark is being used in 'bad faith'. ie- that I'm trying to misrepresent my site as the official website. Which, could be why your site got denied.

    I added the same ugly disclaimer to my site to show "hey I'm not them!" that they ask every site to use. So that is(should be) taken care of.

    Finally, I'm using the "Nominative use" of the term which, when I found how that worked, took a huge weight off my shoulders. This really cleared up some things, as nominative use of a trademark is encouraged by US Law in some cases. (This is how Toyota could say "Our 'ABC' is better than Honda XYZ" etc) In my case, the actual site/product is a tutorial for 'joomla', so removing the trademark would mean the site/product is pointless. "Hey, come see the tutorial site for a well known CMS system whose name I can't mention because it is trademarked.com" Again, that is my understanding (results may vary)

    I don't know if I'll be asked to remove my website, but I think I'll have a case to keep it.

    All that being said, save yourself the trouble and pick a domain without the trademark. I've moved on to other things already, and don't plan to pump as many resources into the site as I had initially thought.
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    • Profile picture of the author kettlecorn
      Originally Posted by asidewalk View Post

      So, I've been in your shoes before... in fact I still am. Quick advice, pick a different domain if you can. Like others have said, why open yourself up the stress of any trademark issues and affiliate denials.

      My story, I'm a website developer and wanted to make a tutorial site for the cms I use. (hint, see my sig) What I didn't know, even though I used the cms daily for years building client sites, is that the word 'joomla' is trademarked. I spent two months offline building the site, getting the content put together. Mainly working after hours and lunches. So, when I launched the website I did what anyone excited would do... made a post on the joomla forums for people to check out the site. My response? post deleted and eventually thread locked. Talk about a buzz kill on launch day.

      The trademark holder has a method for you to request permission to use it, which I've filled out, but never got a response. I searched the net to find out their typical 'must have this to be approved' guidelines, and went ahead and added them to my site. Technically no permission etc.

      Next, I went to research US trademark law. I'm not a trademark lawyer, so take with a grain of salt, but It all boils down to how the word is being used, and why it is being used. Basically, the company would have to prove that the trademark is being used in 'bad faith'. ie- that I'm trying to misrepresent my site as the official website. Which, could be why your site got denied.

      I added the same ugly disclaimer to my site to show "hey I'm not them!" that they ask every site to use. So that is(should be) taken care of.

      Finally, I'm using the "Nominative use" of the term which, when I found how that worked, took a huge weight off my shoulders. This really cleared up some things, as nominative use of a trademark is encouraged by US Law in some cases. (This is how Toyota could say "Our 'ABC' is better than Honda XYZ" etc) In my case, the actual site/product is a tutorial for 'joomla', so removing the trademark would mean the site/product is pointless. "Hey, come see the tutorial site for a well known CMS system whose name I can't mention because it is trademarked.com" Again, that is my understanding (results may vary)

      I don't know if I'll be asked to remove my website, but I think I'll have a case to keep it.

      All that being said, save yourself the trouble and pick a domain without the trademark. I've moved on to other things already, and don't plan to pump as many resources into the site as I had initially thought.
      Hey thanks. And I think you are right. Regarding the nominative use and being in the clear.

      Your url is guidetojoomla, and it's used to refer back to Joomla as the topic of discussion, not selling joomla. Like you said, without the joomla (trademark or not) the concept wouldn't make sense. So I guess the fine line is between a website that sells a product (because selling almost always could be misconstrued for the original manufacturer) and information based. Information based, news sites, how-to guides, parodies, are all things that need a topic to discuss. It seems I answered my own question. This is the same reason why forums can have trademarks in their names, like galaxytabforums.com, motorolaxoomforums.com. Motorola cannot pursue any legal action because the website is a place for discussion REFERRING to the product, "Motorola Xoom (TM)", which is a freedom of speech issue I believe.

      Legal issues are such headaches but you're right. If I knew, I wouldn't have wasted $10 on the domain. I might just monetize with adsense and make it a purely information, review based resource website, just enough to cover the hosting or domain fees.


      Here's the excerpt I was talking about btw:
      "Yes. While trademark law prevents you from using someone else's trademark to sell your competing products (you can't make and sell your own "Rolex" watches or name your blog "Newsweek"), it doesn't stop you from using the trademark to refer to the trademark owner or its products (offering repair services for Rolex watches or criticizing Newsweek's editorial decisions). That kind of use, known as "nominative fair use," is permitted if using the trademark is necessary to identify the products, services, or company you're talking about, and you don't use the mark to suggest the company endorses you. In general, this means you can use the company name in your review so people know which company or product you're complaining about. You can even use the trademark in a domain name (like walmartsucks.com), so long as it's clear that you're not claiming to be or speak for the company.
      Since trademark law is designed to protect against consumer confusion, non-commercial uses are even more likely to be fair. Be aware that advertising may give a "commercial" character to your site, and some courts have even gone so far as to say that links to commercial sites makes a site commercial. (See PETA v. Doughney)"
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Several times you've posted "I guess..." For your own sake, don't do that.
        Only an attorney versed in trademark registration can give you a definitive answer. IANAL - nor are others in this thread. We can only share what we know and what we've learned from people who are experts.

        Fair use is not what you think is fair or what others think sounds right. You can still be infringing on trademark. That exception was meant to allow schools to use material for teaching. There may be cases where it applies but in the end if there's a problem it's decided by a court.

        Forum advice is not legal advice. You will see sites using trademarks but you may be seeing sites that haven't yet caught the attention of the trademark holder. "The other guy is doing it" isn't a good reason to put yourself at risk.

        I don't know if I'll be asked to remove my website, but I think I'll have a case to keep it.
        If you are asked to remove it and refuse you may end up in court - can you afford that? . Most of us don't want to go there to defend a $10 domain. Not worth it. That is a worst case scenario but it happens. No one knows what will happen with your domain -it may not be challenged - but now you know the risks so it's your choice.

        Right now you have only an affiliate rejection (and the rule against trademark use in domains is probably in the TOS).

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  • Profile picture of the author Dex88
    Honestly did not know this would be an issue either.... Glad to have found this thread
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  • Good info, thanks! Was actually working on something similar, may need to look at other options for domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    Happened to me when I registered 3 domains with ebay in them.

    2 weeks later I had a warning from ebay.

    You really have to be careful at all times.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPR
      I have quite a few domains with the product name in, but when i check the competition there are literally hundreds of sites also with the product name in, I don't really understand the difference between product name and trademark domain?!

      Also, i'm pretty sure i have definitely used a trademark product in my domain, but i actually wrote to them to use permission, which they said would be fine and also kept the email for future reference.

      Surely you should ask the owners if its ok and see what they say.

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

    If you're using a trademark as a topic of discussion, newssite, how-to, is that okay? For example, I saw that ipadjailbreak.com and ipadjailbreak2.com is #1 and #1 on Google SERP. It has IPAD in it and yet it's still running strong with over 4 million page views and tons of ads. They don't sell Ipads but I'm curious if it's legal because it's a topic of discussion.

    I've also seen websites like galaxytabforums.com, or motorolaxoomforums, etc. Basically a device brand/model + forums + .com.
    Is this okay due to the same reason??
    All of the examples you gave are trademark infringements and can be taken down the trademark holders at any time. It is illegal and you can be sued or sent a cease and desist. You can't use device brand/model in your domain name with any safety.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
    Kay and Suzanne have spelled it out for everyone. Generally just don't go near a trademarked domain unless you are willing to lose it/get sued or better still first speak to a trademark lawyer. Any other advice here or elsewhere is just one person's view and won't help you if you end up in court!

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  • Profile picture of the author hanandaner
    Oh boy! Thats so terrifying news for me. I got three domains in trademark name. Does that mean I can't promote those products????
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by hanandaner View Post

      Oh boy! Thats so terrifying news for me. I got three domains in trademark name. Does that mean I can't promote those products????
      You actually can still promote those products. You just cannot use that product
      owner's trademark in your domain name without their permission to do that, but
      is all that necessary anyway?

      I realize some of you feel those trademark holders "should" let you use their mark
      since you're promoting them and (ideally) benefiting them as well. On the surface
      of it, that seems reasonable.

      Here's the thing: those trademark holders invested so much into building them to
      become the commercial successes they are now. An offshoot to that is that folks
      generally associate, or even confuse, anyone bearing their trademark to be either
      them or their partners.

      If a user types, say, Amazon in Google, are you expecting them to find you.....or
      the trademark holder itself? If the latter, then why should they seek you out?
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  • Profile picture of the author topgold
    From my experience, better to be safe than sorry and just forget about the trademark names in your URL. Please keep in mind: individual PAGES are ranked, so you can still get ranked for a trademark product in your post (just build backlinks to them using any of the SEO techniques that you have learned).

    Example: propcdesktops.com/reviews/hp-pavilion-dv6000.html

    Even though... some companies don't seem to mind you using their name in your URL so long as you are promoting their products exclusively. Still, they can take down your website at any time, and maybe even pursue legal action as well. Why risk it?
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  • Profile picture of the author netdev
    Yeah as long as you don't sell HP products you should be fine. I've noticed countless sites for the likes of Mac, Facebook, Microsoft etc that were usually sites about news and had info on it. I think sites like that are fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author kettlecorn
    The variety in the opinions on this thread reflects everyone's different risk aversion factor. Interesting Diversity and scarcity is what makes the market work.

    Regarding the domain name with a trademark in it, I have yet to actually decide whether to scrap it entirely or use it as an information site. I'm not an expert but for someone who is not an expert, the way to get the right information is to read and learn from numerous expert sources. Reading a few long articles written by various attorney's on the matter of internet domain name and trademark infringement, it's clear that if it's used as a reference and subject of debate, parody or topic of discussion, then it is okay.
    You cannot have a forum about motorola xooms without the WORD "motorola xoom" in it as a reference. Otherwise it'll be "forums" or "the 10 inch tablet with a dual core processor that's heavier than the other android tablets - forums.com". For the sake for referencing the brandname as an information, education or discussion site appears to be fine.
    What is NOT okay is when the brand name is used to promote product, and it appears there is a fine line between which products are okay and which are not. And also the question of, the chances that they will comes after you. Just to be safe from legal troubles, SELLING any type of product with a brand name of a manufacturer/retailer is never okay. Even selling books about Motorola Xooms can be argued illegal because the trademark owner is in the business of RETAIL/SELLING, so if you decide to also SELL (even an unrelated product), there can be a link drawn between the brandname and the product, which is unfair use of the brand name.

    Informational, discussion sites are sometimes okay because of the fact that a) like stated above, the trademark is used as reference to describe their topic b) you're not in direct competition with the trademark owner (also means theyre less likely to care) c) The issue of consumer confusion is more at rest. The audience coming to Ipadjailbreak.com are looking for a discussion and informational resource on hacking an apple device, not looking to buy an apple product. Nor does the domain provide any confusion on that matter, even for idiots. The site does not sell anything apple related and only has ads like adsense and unrelated to apple.


    With that said, I did learn a lot from this stuff. I still have yet to determine the actual risk for my website running as purely information and whether it's worth the risk (if there is any). It seems based on expert opinions and trademark law, using my acquired domain as a resource website with the trademark as a topic would be perfectly fine, especially with no affiliate links. Not sure if it's worth the hassle.

    eh, you live and you learn. I'm at least glad my ORIGINAL plan was thrown off track cause I was ready to launch with a webstore that sold amazon affiliate products designed with the similar colors in the logo that the product trademark holder used! Could have been death.
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

      The site does not sell anything apple related and only has ads like adsense and unrelated to apple.
      It can get more complicated than that, actually. If those ads showed competing
      products, coupled with using a famous trademark, its holder can still pursue you.

      As you observed, though, it essentially boils down to at least two things: a) you
      use the trademark non-commercially to talk about it, or b) you get consent
      to use it commercially in whatever way. It also depends what you intend to do.

      At least you'll live. Not everyone gets away with their skins intact. (just kidding.)

      Originally Posted by Sparda View Post

      I thought the trademark part was about advertising
      That's essentially what trademarks are all about. Keep that in mind, folks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Reading a few long articles written by various attorney's on the matter of internet domain name and trademark infringement, it's clear that if it's used as a reference and subject of debate, parody or topic of discussion, then it is okay.
        With trademark protection I don't think anything is "clear". If you are going to have debate/parody/discussion with adsense on it - the articles you read may not apply as you are using the trademark to earn money.

        For me, it's not risk aversion - it's respecting the rights of trademark holders.

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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

    I spent the past week reading nonstop, I was up till 4am yesterday learning and messing with wordpress to launch my first site. I'm still new to everything but I did learn quite a lot and wanted to launch as fast as possible since I have an exact match keyword with a .net extension for a very not competitive keyword. (and my competitor with the .com extension just launched).

    Anyway, it's supposed to be an affiliate website and my account got denied because it has a trademark in the domain name. WOW.

    I won't say the domain name but let's say for example, its like this:
    HPpavilioncases.net.
    Apparently, me having an affiliate webstore that sells things with the "HPpavilion" (for example) brand name can be misconstrued as HP's website so I can't use it. I spent 10 hours making the damn website today and at the VERY end, Amazon decides to email me saying I got denied.

    At least it's a lesson learned. So don't be like me and do something stupid like that. At least I found out before launch, it would've sucked if I got mailed a lawsuit years down the line for "damages".




    Question:

    If you're using a trademark as a topic of discussion, newssite, how-to, is that okay? For example, I saw that ipadjailbreak.com and ipadjailbreak2.com is #1 and #1 on Google SERP. It has IPAD in it and yet it's still running strong with over 4 million page views and tons of ads. They don't sell Ipads but I'm curious if it's legal because it's a topic of discussion.

    I've also seen websites like galaxytabforums.com, or motorolaxoomforums, etc. Basically a device brand/model + forums + .com.
    Is this okay due to the same reason??
    Happily you got the word from Amazon fast before you started driving links to your site. This is hopefully, given you pause before using another method of monetization like Adsense.

    After all if Amazon does not like it, who is to say that the company itself would not issue a take down notice after you have spent even more time building it up.

    And as another poster said, if you had been reading these forums, you would have probably thought twice before using a copyrighted name.

    Regardless, get the content of your site moved over to another site with a domain name that is more generic.

    What have you lost...the domain name fee for the year which is cheap.

    What have you gained...the opportunity to build a business that you won't have to look over your shoulder constantly for and worry about getting a violation notice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Kage
    I thought the trademark part was about advertising, I am referring to AdWords, I did not know something like this could happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Teez
    Hi guys thanks for all of this so essentially if you were going down the Xfactor model of

    productname.com e.g www.cheapbmw6series.com

    You should just forget it and instead go with

    cheapsportscar.com then use meta tags and link build with ''bmw 6 series'' as anchor text ?

    Am I right ?

    Does this not potentially confuse google spiders?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gil Doer
    Like what Johnny Optimo said. Lesson learned move on.

    Brands are a no-no however usually differing models within a brand are usually not trademarked.

    However do your due diligence and double check.
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