keep your domain away from copyright issues
Tarun Gupta April 27th, 2010 Domain Names no comments.
The domain name your company owns represents your presence in ever emerging market place. Before choosing a domain name you need to put a clear focus on copyright issues associated with the domain. With a cautious approach you may not only escape the legal snarls further but also concentrate on the vital issues of the organization you run.
Selecting a right domain name is one among the most important and the very initial process during branding your business in ever emerging online segment. A website name or a domain represents your organization in the marketplace so be wise while deciding a domain name for your company. A small copyright infringement may push you in tedious legal tangle and turn to be a game spoiler. Several factors ignite the domain infringement crisis and thus a rapid raise in domain copyright issues are now evident.
An organization or a business entity can copyright any word, name, symbol, or device that further distinguishes and identifies its goods and services from another company running in same or different segment. A trademark or copyright violation during domain name registration may result in losing your domain name and even severe penalties in particular cases. Just because you have obtained a domain name of your choice, it doesn’t allow you to have exclusive rights over it. If it contains any trademark in entire spell, the trademark owner may send you a legal notice to snatch the domain back from you.
Let’s discuss some fundamental guidelines that help you to pass up any intended copyright violation while choosing a domain name.
- Choose a domain that strictly resembles your business model and be prepared to justify the reasons for using the name in case an infringement twist approaches you
- It’s also suggested to choose more than one domain name with variant spellings. Searching the trademark database is however the best method to get the elaborated list of registered and pending domains.
- If the desired domain name is already registered but displays no contents on the internal landing pages, explore the whereabouts of the owner as the contents may be queued by him
Some owners register the domains with popular names not to develop a website or conceive a business plan but to resell it in higher price tags. It may offer you an opportunity to get the desired domain. Before indulging in such trade must substantiate that the seller has the real ownership rights for that domain name you are willing to buy.
In a case, if you deliberately choose a domain name similar to another just to puzzle the customers and distract them to your website, you may likely be scanned for copyright infringement. In the traditional corporate arena, two different organizations may run their businesses with the same name if their service segment is different; however their internet address must be unique to make them separate from each other. For an instance, two organizations with the name ‘abc’ can exist with the same name if they deal in different service segment say electronics and healthcare. In this case, the web address for both the companies would be like abc.electronics.com and abc.healthcare.com.