Can I use "Windows7" in my domain name?

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Hello Warriors

Just wondering if I could include "windows7" as part of domain name for example xxxwindows7.com or windows7xxx.com

any advice is appreciated
#domain #windows7
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Here you go:

    Let me google that for you

    Two things you should never come to the Internet for. Medical advice. Legal advice. You could end up in jail with a sore rash.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by Craig Desorcy View Post

      It's responses like this that keep people from posting for help
      Craig,

      This is a public forum and if someone posts asking for advice, I will give it. Whether YOU agree with my advice or not is totally irrelevant to me.

      If anyone's advice for a thread like this is anything BUT contact a legal professional, well then you guys are the ones giving poor advice -- not me.

      I go out of my way to give advice when I can. In this instance the best advice is to contact a legal professional. That's all there is to it. Trademarks and copyright law are serious stuff and not something you should be giving advice on unless a seriously trained professional. Even then I would still recommend someone consult their own legal professional in their own state.

      Originally Posted by Craig Desorcy View Post

      Be kind to new members and they may become your customers.
      They sure are not going to become my customers if I give them crap advice such as a yes or no on a legal matter when I'm clearly not a legal professional.

      Originally Posted by Craig Desorcy View Post

      I've been here a long time and when I posted asking for headline ideas
      you did the same thing. I was more interested in throwing ideas around
      with fellow members than "Googling it".
      Yes, I remember that. I told you to search Google for the Eugene Schwartz headline swipe file (since I cannot give it away myself) that has 127 of the best headlines of all time. Yes, so sorry for giving you that bad advice. :rolleyes::rolleyes: Even though what you asked for was, and I quote, a "swipe file".

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post7526227
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  • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
    If you're Microsoft Corporation it should be fine. If you aren't...then 'NO!'
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    • Profile picture of the author MaestroV
      Thanks PerformanceMan for the straight answer
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      • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
        Originally Posted by MaestroV View Post

        Thanks PerformanceMan for the straight answer
        You're welcome. I was burned on this issue several times when I first started. Facebook threatened to sue me...and so did a few others.

        If a company owns a Registered Trademark they can simply send an email to the domain owner demanding a transfer.

        Registrars suck for allowing this to happen. But what do they care? They get paid for the domain and don't offer refunds. Plus if things go really wrong they charge a very high-priced 'clean up' fee.
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        • Profile picture of the author KevL
          To be quite honest it wouldn't make much difference anyway. I'm assuming that you're wanting to do this to benefit from having the keyword in the domain, and this definitely helps, but with such a competitive term even an exact match domain isn't going to give you that much of a leg up.
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        • Profile picture of the author KevL
          Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

          You're welcome. I was burned on this issue several times when I first started. Facebook threatened to sue me...and so did a few others.

          If a company owns a Registered Trademark they can simply send an email to the domain owner demanding a transfer.

          Registrars suck for allowing this to happen. But what do they care? They get paid for the domain and don't offer refunds. Plus if things go really wrong they charge a very high-priced 'clean up' fee.
          I once did a little experiment, I registered a domain, quite a long one - which included the word "eBay" - I just wanted to see what would happen:rolleyes:, I got a nice email from their legal folks within a week....
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          • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
            Originally Posted by KevL View Post

            I once did a little experiment, I registered a domain, quite a long one - which included the word "eBay" - I just wanted to see what would happen:rolleyes:, I got a nice email from their legal folks within a week....
            Definitely. It's safe to say they're monitoring domain registrations and don't miss many - especially Internet companies
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            • Profile picture of the author KevL
              Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

              Definitely. It's safe to say they're monitoring domain registrations and don't miss many - especially Internet companies
              Yup, was fun though and lots of point to it.... NOT :rolleyes:
              Having said that, the legal people who contacted me were an external company, and their website was crap, I did consider trying to turn it into sale.
              Hmmmm, I'm plotting a potential very clever way to get in contact with lots of lawyers & sell them on re-designing their websites, go out registering lots of domains with trademarks in them and wait for the influx of "enquiries"
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        • Profile picture of the author davezan
          Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

          Registrars suck for allowing this to happen. But what do they care? They get paid for the domain and don't offer refunds. Plus if things go really wrong they charge a very high-priced 'clean up' fee.
          If you're essentially suggesting that registrars do something about this practice,
          they can to the point of limiting your ability to register whatever domain you've
          got in mind (and needlessly frustrate you, too). They don't refund because the
          powers-that-be above them don't refund them either, and Go Daddy (AFAIK) is
          the only registrar that currently charges a 'clean up' fee when others don't.

          Just letting you know a few things and maybe giving you something to consider.
          At any rate, you'll be fine.


          MaestroV,

          While you can register any domain name you wish (even those bearing famous
          trademarks), trademark laws and administrative measures limit one's ability to
          use them (namely, making money). You can register a Windows7 domain name
          to maybe poke fun or criticize, but you can't make money out of it in any way
          without Microsoft's permission.

          Even then, some trademark holders can afford pursuing anyone registering any
          domain name bearing their mark regardless of intent. Thus, you ought to ponder
          other more...productive ventures instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author nikswf
    It's depends on what you want to do with domain and what sort of name you looking to register. you can check domain like "www.windows7download.com" not owned by microsoft and in market for a while but make sure you don't claim any copyright else may be trouble like WillR mentioned.

    Better to mention on website like "rights remains to owners".

    Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author KevL
      Originally Posted by nikswf View Post

      It's depends on what you want to do with domain and what sort of name you looking to register. you can check domain like "www.windows7download.com" not owned by microsoft and in market for a while but make sure you don't claim any copyright else may be trouble like WillR mentioned.

      Better to mention on website like "rights remains to owners".

      Thank you.
      Could do but why? I don't see what the real benefit would be of doing something like this. The negative is that you may lose the domain after a few weeks or months, or less. Where's the positive?
      If registering a domain with "windows7" in it, automatically granted page one ranking - then yes I'm totally with you, worth doing it for as long as possible, give them the domain, and then do it with another one, like windows8 - but having windows7 in the domain will not provide any such shortcut to rankings.
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      • Profile picture of the author nikswf
        Originally Posted by KevL View Post

        Could do but why? I don't see what the real benefit would be of doing something like this. The negative is that you may lose the domain after a few weeks or months, or less. Where's the positive?
        If registering a domain with "windows7" in it, automatically granted page one ranking - then yes I'm totally with you, worth doing it for as long as possible, give them the domain, and then do it with another one, like windows8 - but having windows7 in the domain will not provide any such shortcut to rankings.
        I'm agree with KevL but it is not about get ranked, might be sometimes it helps to promote particular products like windows 7 free antivirus. And loosing domain I found this domain is in the market from about 6 years, and if you search for domain name on any domain registrar they gives you a multiple choice related to your keyword and this mean if they are selling than no issue unless you making tons of money than it's comes in to legal issue but small revenue they don't care.
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  • Profile picture of the author Farish
    Here is the best story I can give in this discussion.

    There was a person name Mike Rowe and he did a domain name mikerowesoft.com for his web design business.

    Well Microsoft went after this person and if it was not for the bad publicity that happen in this, they would have pummeled him into the ground. The press was so bad that Microsoft ending giving this guy training, certification, and other items.

    Now there is a popular tech blogger name Paul Thurrott, his website is named winsupersite. As you can see he use the full windows name.

    As always talk to a lawyer, but usually if it is trademark most companies will the living hell out you.
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  • Profile picture of the author nikswf
    Oops! I can see some big names with more experience than me and I think it is better to go legally will benefit you in long term business.

    I heard very famous sentence "slow and steady always win the race". I hope this will help you.
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