When the preferred domain name is taken

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  1. ritchie

    ritchie Kenya Active Member

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    Have you ever picked a domain name that you thought was clever, well-thought of and descriptive only to realize that it'd be taken? Getting the perfect domain name can really be frustrating and/or expensive. What do you guys think about registering a domain name (that's already taken) with a different extension?
     
  2. JackD

    JackD United States Active Member

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    I have done this on several occasions when the original extension is taken and the owner is asking an unreasonable amount for the domain. Promotion of the website is requires more work ( as in the case of getting a .net over the .com ) sometimes for gTLDs but may not be so if using ccTLDs. It really all depends on the keywords to the left of the dot.
     
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    I get your point @JackD. What if the original extension is actually in use (and the owner isn't even looking to sell it) is it okay to register the same domain name with a different extension? Might it create a legal hitch?
     
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    JackD United States Active Member

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    Only if the name is a registered TradeMark can it cause a possible problem. Then it also depends on how you are using the name. Example, the word Apple is a TM. If you are using a variation of Apple trying to sell fruit, then you are not in violation but if you are using the variation to sell iPhones, then you are in violation. Also, now I must add this disclaimer, I am not a lawyer so this is just my opinion and what I have learned from others in the past. Please do not take this as legal advice. If the name you are talking about is a TM, please consult with a TM attorney about your possible use. If it is not trademarked, then you should be good to go.
     
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    tulip Kenya Active Member

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    You've actually explained it very well @JackD. I don't think it costs much in trying to get legal advice before taking such a step. I would be very afraid of trying to adopt a domain name that was TM.
     
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    Jason Alderson India New Member

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    I think perfect domain will not work in future. So you should have to careful while purchasing domain for you
     
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    JackD United States Active Member

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    Some companies are much more aggressive in going after TM violations than others. If at all possible I agree you should avoid possible TM violations.
     
  8. ritchie

    ritchie Kenya Active Member

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    Very true @JackD, it is better to avoid situations that operate on the borderline. Many people don't take much time to check whether certain domain names are copyrighted. TM violations are quite serious in nature.
     
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    walter Kenya New Member

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    And some people actually exploit the loophole created by the companies that are not so keen on TM violations. Either way, the internet never forgets and anyone doing such a thing risks losing eventually.
     
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    Well, having said all this, I think that when looking to create a website, you should try to be diverse and think of more than one name. Chances are that in most cases, two out of four coined names will already have been taken. I believe that it saves you time and money (in the long run) if you stick to a unique name.