Is 'Google' allowed in URL?

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Just a quick question, is it allowed for a domain URL?
#allowed #google #url
  • Profile picture of the author Carl Brown
    I use a site regularly called googlekeywordtool.com as a portal to google's keyword tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nelson Felix
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    sure, but you can't own a google style domain
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  • Profile picture of the author muftdagyan
    yes you can.
    I saw many domain having google in them like gettotopofgoogle.com
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  • Profile picture of the author faysal969
    Sure you can do this. Many people are doing this. There have no problem doing this.
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  • Profile picture of the author rhrayan
    yes, you can do this.
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  • Profile picture of the author tennisconnexion
    Yes , you can use this word in your domain name. It is just like another word.
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    • Profile picture of the author tulsipatel
      Yes, you can use 'google' word in your domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    The ignorance in this thread is overwhelming.

    NO you can not have "google" in your domain name, neither can you have "apple" or whatever other trade mark.

    Google is one of those which will rigorously send lawyers after you. If you have a small site no one knows you MIGHT get by...but don't even attempt to have a bigger site with "google" in it, they WILL come after you...at the latest once your site hits a certain popularity. You would need to be very, very stupid to use any trademarked term in your site's name.

    And STOP giving idiotic replies here if you don't know anything and especially stop giving wrong "legal advice".
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    • Profile picture of the author bronk
      Does anyone remember "googlecash.com" I'm sure Google closed him down.

      Not a good idea to have any trademark in your domain. It will only be a matter of time until they will send their army of lawyers after you.

      I'm speaking from experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author hilhilginger
    It is not acceptable that you have google word in the main domain name. But you can have the word in subdirectories of your domain. You will see many using the word google in their main domain name and later they may face legal issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author james588
    No u dont use this word. goole not allowed this word. "IS" a stop word and this is blacklist in URL. so dont use in yr domain
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  • Profile picture of the author Myheavens
    yes, I think You can do it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Kramer
    Absolutely you can have ANY word in the domain as long as you can get it. I think the point of the OP is whether it's legal?

    I wouldn't want to come up against the big Googlebot's team of lawyers ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author johnsmart
    Well i suggest you use this website gettotopofgoogle.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeb
    Google is a trademarked brand and anything that is trademarked, you are not allowed to use without proper licensing. Just like sony or microsoft etc...

    Some do it, and it just means they're not caught yet. If caught, one will get a lawyers letter asking to hand over the domain to the main company.

    Not worth the risk incorporating a huge company's brand into your domain...
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  • Profile picture of the author mejohn
    I had the domain Adsensemakemoney.net, and they shut down the Adsense on it, but thankfully not my account. I am now staying away from the Google branding domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author RizenKJ
    The sudden to change from "Yes, you can" to "absolutely not" was kind of funny hahah - Alright, thanks and that's what I thought about trademark terms, but I also thought about sites with google in their name that do exist like the one Carl Brown brought up... So just decided to clarify with you guys. I think I got my answer ^^
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    Yes you can buy a domain with any word in it

    question is will it last? and will they sue/threaten you to take it down

    the bigger the company, the larger the chances of them going after you

    Google = Pretty big company
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    There is nothing illegal in registering a domain like that. Another question is that they have the right to file a claim and demand it to be handed over. At least with com-net-org and most of the local extensions also.

    But! I'm also quite sure that there are some countries where you would be able to keep it. Something like googlesearch.cn or bestgoogle.ru might remain yours - depending on the local law that regulates those country domains.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Yeah the thing about those domains, is that there is nothing illegal
      about it, but if you cybersquat, that is illegal.

      But one has to put it into perspective. We always assume
      people mean US laws, and those laws don't always cross
      borders. We have signed "treaties," but those are not worth
      whatever paper they are printed on.

      China and many other countries ignore them. Remember the
      fake apple stores?

      And those companies must do something in the legal system
      against you. Some do, some don't, some are successful, some
      are not.

      Just do a search for apple ipod and see the domains that pop
      up.

      Which brings up an interesting little tidbit. Google does
      not like being a policeman. They do not readily remove
      sites that break the laws, US or not. They don't
      like that and they readily admit they most likely will
      not. Interesting, because they will not allow any of
      their other programs users (adwords, etc.) to break
      these laws. At least most of the time.

      The DMCA is a US law.

      China has tried to get a grip on .cn, and now ****
      has taken over for junk.

      Just type in apple****

      Edit: LOL! Looks like the censors here even hate that crap!

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  • Profile picture of the author kposs
    Will a domain registrar allow you to actually register a domain that contains Google? Yes.

    Should you risk Google's legal department coming after you? Probably not.
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    • Profile picture of the author outwest
      Originally Posted by kposs View Post

      Will a domain registrar allow you to actually register a domain that contains Google? Yes.

      Should you risk Google's legal department coming after you? Probably not.
      As far as choosing a company to mess with Google would probably be one of the last ones I would choose to mess with, Microsoft would probably be 1st choice not to mess with
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Not quite sure why a 10 month old thread resurfaced...but since the definitive answer can be found in this thread, I'll add to it:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...nd-letter.html
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by Barry Unruh View Post

      Not quite sure why a 10 month old thread resurfaced...but since the definitive answer can be found in this thread, I'll add to it:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...nd-letter.html
      Demand letter. That's rich. Joel Comm has been using adsense secrets for
      eons. I can't actually say whether the letter is real or not, but google
      normally could care less. After all, read my above post. They hate
      censorship, all forms.

      Just do a search for adsense secrets. Man the domains are multiplying
      like rabbits.

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      • Profile picture of the author jmontalto21
        You cannot have a registered trademark in your domain name.

        Like mentioned earlier, sure nobody is stopping you from buying a domain with the trademarked name in it. And odds are if your site is small time with less than 20 views a day, you might not get caught. But it is illegal and they can shut you down. So there really is no point. You are limiting your websites growth ability right from the beginning.:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Why in the world would anyone want Google in their domain name?

    Do you think real traffic will think your site is Google?

    Looks like a DP thread, IMO. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    I actually doubt that Google would contact the host or the registrar, much simpler for them and companies in this position to send a demand letter from their "attorney" which I bet is not from any attorney

    99 percent of the people cave at this point and wet their pants and give up the domain for free

    why would they actually pay a real attorney and file a real lawsuit if this is the case? Bet it would not happen unless it was a site saying GOOGLE SUCKS in the domain, or something, in which case the courts have held that THIS IS LEGAL.

    WALMART SUCKS.COM has been sued by Walmart and Walmart lost that one
    Court rules that Walmart has no right to tell the guy to take the site down, thats protected by freedom of speech
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    I think anyone reading this thread might want to read The following website
    FASCINATING lots of facts in there regarding this issue

    https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal/liability/IP
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Originally Posted by paulop66 View Post

    Guys If you cant have GOOGLE in a domain name why do I own and make money from

    www.whatisgoogleplus.co.uk
    www.googlesesospecialist.co.uk
    Google contacts
    New Google - Google Plus
    Googleplusoneaccount, Google account

    and a whole load of others...

    A little knowledge is dangerous....
    Like anyone who uses a Trademark in their domain, you might get a way with it for a while, but certainly don't count on it being that way forever.

    I suggest you read Google Permissions
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