Domains NOT to register: Multiple Harley-Davidson brand violations

The term “domain investor” does not apply to cybersquatters. The latter, is the kind of careless, ignorant or malicious registrant, aiming at monetizing existing famous brands. Typo-squatting is a form of cybersquatting, and it relies on the registration of domain names that are slight variants of existing, high traffic domains and web sites. While not […]

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Domains NOT to register: StarWars.Academy

This past weekend at the movie theaters there was not a single movie worth mentioning. Everyone is getting ready for the big premiere of Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Star Wars is a famous trademark of Lucas Films, and an intellectual property of Disney. Still, people will go register domain names infringing on major […]

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Domains NOT to register : WalmartPickup.com

The following message should be mandatory at every domain Registrar, prior to one’s registration of a domain: “AVOID REGISTERING POPULAR BRAND NAMES, OR RISK LOSING YOUR DOMAIN.” It’s that simple. And yet, silly domainers and ignorant opportunists alike, go for domains that contain famous brands and their assorted trademarks. In this latest case of “Domains […]

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Domains not to register : LinkedIn Babes .com loses UDRP

The first thing an IP attorney specializing in trademarks would advise you is to refrain from infringing on the trademarks of others, especially famous ones. No such advice reached the registrant of LinkedInBabes.com apparently, and the domain name was challenged via the UDRP process. What’s wrong with this domain? It contains the LINKEDIN trademark, which […]

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Domains NOT to register: Your latest “Facebook” idea

Facebook is being used by more than one billion people worldwide, making it the largest and most successful social media platform ever. There are many reasons why Facebook became so successful, and one of them is its ability to connect people and share information, news and ideas – along with photos of grumpy cats. One […]

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Domains NOT to register: Any “Microsoft” domain

Whether you are a Microsoft fan and appreciate its products, such as Windows, Office etc., there is no excuse to go after registering domains that contain its famous trademarks. Even if you give yourself the excuse of being a loyal fan, and want to set up a blog or a review web site, those “noble” […]

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Domains NOT to register: CanonUSA .camera

Domainers don’t differ much from other consumers, and as such some get inspiration from existing products, services and corporate names. Alas, this approach is the surest path to generating infringing domain registrations. Trademark violations in domain registrations are common, and while some are unintentional due to the broad use of some words, others are downright […]

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