Does domain BUYY.org can be used for commercial purpose ?

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I own a domain name BUYY.org which i think is best for ecommerce but the question I had is with it's TLD. ORG stand for organization and i want to use it for commercial purpose ? will there be an problem doing so ?
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Everyone does. I know what .org is used for but trust me its abused more than a blankety blank. I don't know if anyone gets there tld pulled though.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    It's fine. You can use it for commercial purposes. Think about those review sites that uses .ORG TLD. They bought it, worked hard on it, and ranked it on Google's 1st page.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      10-15 years ago, it might have been an issue. Nowadays, there are much bigger fish to fry than an ecomm site on a .org domain.

      Edit: Where you might run into trouble is if the owners of Buy.com think you might be infringing their trademark. If they decide to get nasty, you lose even if you win.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Can't add much to John's reply above. There's no real issue, these days, over using a .org domain for commercial purposes (there are thousands and thousands of them), but the potential big issue here is the "typosquatting"/"trademark" one regarding the rights of the owners of buy.com: you may need a good lawyer and deep pockets, even if you can actually win an argument with them.
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        • Profile picture of the author Web Wizard
          Buy.com and buy.org .. all those have different domains for their actual website.. they use Buy.com for redirecting people to their website. also my domain name is BUYy.org and i am not stealing any concept from them. i am just trying to have a meaningful domain to my website. still there can be any issue ?? if it is so then what is the best thing that i can do with that domain ??
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by Web Wizard View Post

            still there can be any issue ??
            Yes, I think so. It depends on how aggressively the owners of buy.com pursue potential typosquatting claims. I'm not a lawyer (did you guess? ) but I wouldn't use it, myself. I don't suggest that they can necessarily win an argument with you (and I suspect that may well depend on the sort of use to which you're putting the domain-name), but for myself, I'd want to avoid one anyway, even if I thought I was right.

            Originally Posted by Web Wizard View Post

            if it is so then what is the best thing that i can do with that domain ??
            I don't know.
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      • Profile picture of the author ragnartm
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        10-15 years ago, it might have been an issue. Nowadays, there are much bigger fish to fry than an ecomm site on a .org domain.

        Edit: Where you might run into trouble is if the owners of Buy.com think you might be infringing their trademark. If they decide to get nasty, you lose even if you win.
        I was under the impression that you couldn't trademark extremely common words or phrases... might be different laws in my country though? There are countless stores, and probably websites, and chains with the word Buy in them. Why would there be trouble from buy.com just for the domain? Unless it was something like buycom.org Their main trademark is buy.com not the word buy, certainly not the word BuyY.. so I don't see where the problem is. But then again I don't know corporate laws at all so I may be well out of my league here.

        I think he should be careful with the site design making sure it doesn't look like a clone, but other than that I think he should be in the clear. But then again, that SHOULD might be more of a headache than the domain name is worth.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by ragnartm View Post

          I was under the impression that you couldn't trademark extremely common words or phrases... might be different laws in my country though?
          Yes, I think it might be, Ragnar.

          But trademarks in other places don't apply to all uses of a word, anyway. For instance, I think Facebook have tried to sue people using the word "Face" in the domain-name of social networking sites, because their trademark applies to social networking sites. They can't/don't (I think) try to sue cosmetic surgery sites offering facelifts, and so on.

          Originally Posted by ragnartm View Post

          There are countless stores, and probably websites, and chains with the word Buy in them.
          Yes indeed ... but if they had "Buy" in a url and were competing with buy.com in a way (which buy.com could allege was) apparently designed to compete with or to imitate buy.com, I think that would be a very different situation.
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          • Profile picture of the author ragnartm
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Yes, I think it might be, Ragnar.

            But trademarks in other places don't apply to all uses of a word, anyway. For instance, I think Facebook have tried to sue people using the word "Face" in the domain-name of social networking sites, because their trademark applies to social networking sites. They can't/don't (I think) try to sue cosmetic surgery sites offering facelifts, and so on.



            Yes indeed ... but if they had "Buy" in a url and were competing with buy.com in a way (which buy.com could allege was) apparently designed to compete with or to imitate buy.com, I think that would be a very different situation.
            That's an interesting point about relevance... like I stated I don't think he should make something even remotely similar... but I'm not sure what else he could do with the site. Maybe something like "Buy Yams" or even "Buy Yoga".

            I guess it would be a handy excuse for buy.com to drown the competition in legal fees, given it ever got to that, if nothing else.
            Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

            For example, if I used the term "mustang" relating to cars, I'd have to be careful not to infringe Ford's trademark. If I used the term "mustang" to refer to a wild horse, I'm on pretty solid footing.
            Thanks for clarifying, I guess it would look bad if it's similar.

            P.S. Anyone else notice Buy.com is now rakuten.com? Did the Japanese company Rakuten buy buy.com?
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Originally Posted by Web Wizard View Post

            Buy.com and buy.org .. all those have different domains for their actual website.. they use Buy.com for redirecting people to their website. also my domain name is BUYy.org and i am not stealing any concept from them. i am just trying to have a meaningful domain to my website. still there can be any issue ?? if it is so then what is the best thing that i can do with that domain ??
            There's only an issue if someone (or their team of lawyers) decide there's an issue. Alexa used the term "typosquatting", and maybe that needs elaboration.

            Typosquatting is buying domain names containing commonly mis-typed variants of trademarked domains in order to parasitically siphon off traffic from people typing in the wrong domain. Example: WarriorForumm.tld

            As for what you can do, the best thing other than not using it at all might be to put a very plain disclaimer saying you have no connection with Buy.com.

            Originally Posted by ragnartm View Post

            I was under the impression that you couldn't trademark extremely common words or phrases... might be different laws in my country though? There are countless stores, and probably websites, and chains with the word Buy in them. Why would there be trouble from buy.com just for the domain? Unless it was something like buycom.org Their main trademark is buy.com not the word buy, certainly not the word BuyY.. so I don't see where the problem is. But then again I don't know corporate laws at all so I may be well out of my league here.

            I think he should be careful with the site design making sure it doesn't look like a clone, but other than that I think he should be in the clear. But then again, that SHOULD might be more of a headache than the domain name is worth.
            You can't, as far as I know, trademark the word "buy", but the domain name buy.com is much more specific. And the OP choosing a name only one letter different could be interpreted as an attempt to parasitize buy.com's traffic, especially if he's using a similar ecomm model.

            For example, if I used the term "mustang" relating to cars, I'd have to be careful not to infringe Ford's trademark. If I used the term "mustang" to refer to a wild horse, I'm on pretty solid footing.
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            • Profile picture of the author Web Wizard
              Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

              You can't, as far as I know, trademark the word "buy", but the domain name buy.com is much more specific. And the OP choosing a name only one letter different could be interpreted as an attempt to parasitize buy.com's traffic, especially if he's using a similar ecomm model.

              For example, if I used the term "mustang" relating to cars, I'd have to be careful not to infringe Ford's trademark. If I used the term "mustang" to refer to a wild horse, I'm on pretty solid footing.
              It means that if i have a completely different website then they cannot claim a copyright + i have a disclaimer at the bottom then the problem would be solved. For example if I have a website to buy only Digital products.. then this will be different from their concept.
              What I got clear from the above comments is
              SIMILAR NAME + SAME CONCEPT = BIG TROUBLE :p
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  • Profile picture of the author sscot
    buyy.org. The additional "y" asks that why did you buy this domain.
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    • Profile picture of the author Web Wizard
      Originally Posted by sscot View Post

      buyy.org. The additional "y" asks that why did you buy this domain.
      I dont only have Buyy.org but i also own yBUY.org and Sbuy.org
      My plan was to create triangle of website Ybuy.org (Why buy) for reviewing product. Sbuy (Smart Buy ) for providing comparison of different brands providing same product, i mean compare before you buy website and Buyy.org would be for selling products , thats all. All websites will have links to each other.

      But now i dont know think that my plan is going to work
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