Sued by PS?

by Louis Raven 11 replies
I'm in the computer games niche and one of my sites is tstarting to get some real traffic.

The site in question has PS3 (play station 3) in the URL, can I get in trouble for this?

Of course I understand not to take legal advice on a forum but I was wondering what your views on this is as I'm not actually stating "SONY PLAY STATION" in the URL, only PS3.

I know of Xbox niche sites that have operated successfully for years but I'd be a fool to expect the same for me right.

#main internet marketing discussion forum #sued
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  • Profile picture of the author Asher
    Hi Louis,

    I don't see exactly why you will get in trouble for it. Sites like PSPblender have been around for a while and it's using the PSP words exactly. And for PS3? I did a search and there are already sites named PS3Mob, PS3Korea, PS3News... so I don't think you'll get in big trouble for it.

    Of course, make sure you have a disclaimer and privacy for your page. It'll save your butt from being barbequed. Do more research though!

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    • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
      I used to own a PSP forum and I never had any problems from Sony. But each case is different. I recently received a C&D letter concerning another domain that contained a trademarked keyword and I had to pull it down.


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  • Profile picture of the author Napa
    I don't think it even has to be trademarked, they can still sue you. But are they gonna do it? I think not.
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    • Profile picture of the author Louis Raven
      Originally Posted by Napa View Post

      I don't think it even has to be trademarked, they can still sue you. But are they gonna do it? I think not.
      I have a knack for dominating niches so they may get jealous
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    • Profile picture of the author Asher
      If your site makes them more money, why not? But if it's an affiliate kind of site, it may be a problem.

      That said, PSPblender's a affiliate site as well but it's been up there for ages and yet, still hasn't been hounded down. The word's PSP are clearly embedded in it.

      You could go ahead and give it a shot, Louis. The worst case scenario is that you have to purchase a new URL and possibly redirect all your current visitors to the new one - which will definitely cause a loss in your visitors.

      But if it goes through - you've got a possible gold mine!

      Just remember you MUST have the disclaimer and privacy links - but I'm sure you already know that. Since you've been dominating niches and all!

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      • Profile picture of the author LB
        Personally, I think you'd be crazy to use a TM in a domain. Ya, lots of people do it with no problem...but why tempt fate?

        You can come up with your own memorable name and rest easy knowing it's not going to come back to bite you one day.

        Also think of this, if you want to sell the site some day the fact that the domain or name has a trademarked term will make it a possible risk to a buyer and could kill a sale.
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