Avoid These Legal Issues In Your Domain Business!
Nothing is more painful than forcing to drop a valuable domain name due to a complain or resolved case from a company or organization.
As in the real world, you are safe in your domain business if you avoid these legal issues and you will be able to run and maintain your domaining approach without any serious concern.
Disclaimer: This article is only for information and cannot be used for any legal purposes. If you have a legal problem, refer to your private lawyer and talk to authorized people.
1. Avoid Cybersquatting:
Cybersquatting or Domain Squatting, according to Wikipedia, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else.
With that being said, if you register a name which includes a trademark, you would be charged for copyright infringement and might be considered guilty to drop the name.
For example, if you buy the domain AppleProducts.com, even if you intend to build a website about promoting and introducing the company products, you would not be very lucky. Because there is always risk for dropping the name and losing your hard-earned profits.
Tip: Always, stay away from using a trademark in your domain name. However, if you really want to do so, do not proceed until you get a written permission document from the owner that specifies the attributions and restrictions.
2. Avoid Typosquatting:
Typosquatting or URL Hijacking, as Wikipedia defines, is a form of cybersquatting which relies on mistakes such as typographical errors made by Internet users when inputting a website address into a web browser.
In this case, the only possible revenue is generating stolen traffic and getting paid via Advertising. A method based on others’ effort!
So, if you buy a name which is a misspelling of a real and popular trademark, then you would again have problems with the brand owner.
For example, if you register Facebok.com, Goggle.com or Biing.com, you would not be safe from the Facebook, Google or Bing owners and you have to ultimately drop the domain name.
Tip: Always, check to see if your domain name is free from any typosquatting. Even misspelling from a small company could end up with some serious legal issues which you would lose the battle sooner or later.
The above-mentioned issues are the most important and popular problems many domainers may confront. However, it does not end here and there are for sure other legal issues threatening any domain name owner. Our advice is to always search the name you are going to register in a regular search engine, a trademark search tool and a patent and trademark office.
The best thing is going for more generic and broad names rather than buying copyrighted trademarks. Getting a premium domain name from a reliable domain portfolio is always a good option.
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Hooshmand Moslemi, The Owner & Author Of TopNewDomains.com