I have a domain with the word Nike on it, is it a problem?

by a1z277
22 replies
Hello,

I've just bought a domain like that: nike___shoes.pw (I hide the word between for some reasons) and I was reading that I could get into legal problems for that and therefore I want your advices if I should sell or delete it or keep it going.

Thank you very much in advance, regards.
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  • Profile picture of the author Make Money Ninja
    Yes, its trademark infringement.
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  • Profile picture of the author Meharis
    Originally Posted by a1z277 View Post

    Hello,

    I've just bought a domain like that: nike___shoes.pw (I hide the word between for some reasons) and I was reading that I could get into legal problems for that and therefore I want your advices if I should sell or delete it or keep it going.

    Thank you very much in advance, regards.

    a1z277,

    You're asking for big trouble. It is a Trademark.
    Delete it. If you sell it you still liable.

    Meharis
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    They have a history of going after domains:

    UDRPsearch - UDRP / WIPO / NAF / ADR.eu Domain Dispute Search
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  • Profile picture of the author The Voices
    It's definitely trademark infringement. Of course there are sites out there "getting away with it" because they haven't been caught or Nike hasn't been bothered to take them down yet. One of the biggest advantages of having your own site (compared to say a squidoo lens) is having complete control over what you do. If you give another company the legal right to ask you to take your site down whenever they like you've completely lost that.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
    Drop the domain immediately before you receive a cease and desist letter. Companies with trademarks monitor domain registrations. If you start to use it expect legal action and costs. They will win and you'll be out of pocket. Why not call it TheRunningShoeShop.com or some other generic domain?
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  • Profile picture of the author DeanJames
    @a1z277- If there's ONE thing you should avoid it's knowingly using a trademarked name in your domain name (if you want any sort of longevity from the site). If you put something on your site, content-wise, you can always remove it upon request, but with a domain name...you're up the river without a paddle. Even if you just decide you're going to ignore any requests from the trademark owner, they can bypass you and go to your webhost to get the content taken down.
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    • Profile picture of the author ChaletDM
      Hi a1z277,

      While it is true that there are various websites out there with "Nike" in their domain name, there is a countdown timer associated with them. Who knows if Nike will take notice, but if/when they do, they will force them to shut down the domain. By that point, all the time and effort that has been spent in building up this website will have been lost. It's better to start off anew without a trademarked name in your domain name. In this way you will not lose all your work...and you will probably sleep better too...

      Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
    You will definitely be in trouble with that domain name. Do not make efforts to build and develop your web page with that domain name anymore. It would just be a waste of time. Nike will find out about it sooner or later. I hope you haven’t spent a lot of money on that website yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Al you have to do is read the other 100 threads on the same subject and you'll get your answer....
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    • Profile picture of the author ConnerHogan
      You could just buy Nike, then everything would be ok.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Trash it now, user the words trainers or sports footwear instead
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  • Profile picture of the author LimitlessTraffic
    Wait, how serious is this Trademark thing?

    What if my name was Nike and my domain is NikeSmith.com and is used as a personal blog.

    That is allowed right?
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by ConnerHogan View Post

      You could just buy Nike, then everything would be ok.
      Heh, if someone can pay Nike's supposedly (and currently) $67 billion price tag.

      Originally Posted by LimitlessTraffic View Post

      Wait, how serious is this Trademark thing?

      What if my name was Nike and my domain is NikeSmith.com and is used as a personal blog.

      That is allowed right?
      For the most part, yes. Just ensure that how you use the domain name doesn't
      confuse people with Nike. If you write about the athletic products company, for
      example, it helps to: a) say that you're not associated with them, and b) never
      show ads of competing products.
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    • Profile picture of the author SunilTanna
      Originally Posted by LimitlessTraffic View Post

      Wait, how serious is this Trademark thing?

      What if my name was Nike and my domain is NikeSmith.com and is used as a personal blog.

      That is allowed right?
      Ianal, they might still give you hassle in such a case, but you would have a more defensible case, if you have the will, energy and resources to fight it

      But as soon as you start doing anything to do with footwear on such a blog, etc., then you would undermine your own defense.
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  • Profile picture of the author CBusiness
    Nike and Jordan brand both went after NiceKicks.com, sued him and took his satellite domains many years ago
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  • Profile picture of the author Stefan Shields
    'm sorry to say but you're going down, get rid of it ASAP.
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  • Profile picture of the author bertyounger
    Been there on both ends of the issue, worst scenario is you will get a C&D letter and you will have turn the domain over to them. That's not a big deal but losing all of your SEO work is another matter. If you keep it consider it a short term investment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hartmann
    Yep, not worth doing anything with it imo. Unless you have a lovely range of winged goddess dolls that you are selling...
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  • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
    Just been doing some browsing and came across this site - http://niketalk.com/

    They must have permission to use 'Nike' in the domain?

    It says this at the bottom:

    NikeTalk is NOT affiliated with Nike Inc. in any way, shape, or form.

    It says it been open since 99 in the logo, but I've never come across it. Is anyone part of that community? I'm curious about the arrangement that allows them to operate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    I got cease and desist for "realtor" and "onesie". Both are trademarked. Who knew? :p
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  • Profile picture of the author IMDESTROYER
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    NO. if you come across a problem you can always say it means Nick. They cant do anything to you. However be aware that you probably don't want to associate it with any sports. Keep any relevance to the brand away from you and you will be fine. and be sure you tell them it means Nick (it's just a different way of spelling it). and if a lawyer wants to be a dick and tries to force you to justify as to who it is based on, you can say it is a pet you used to have. They seriously cannot do anything to you, no matter how hard they try.


    However, i highly doubt this is ever going to happen. Don't worry about your domain name, just keep it away from anything about sports.
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  • Profile picture of the author john12
    You could run into legal problems for Trademark violation from the Company lawyers
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