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Trademarked Domains?

What falls in this category and what doesnt?

I have 2 domains "the truth" and "the word" and they both happen to be newspapers. Is this trademark infringement even though they are dictionary words?
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Re: Trademarked Domains?

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What falls in this category and what doesnt?

I have 2 domains "the truth" and "the word" and they both happen to be newspapers. Is this trademark infringement even though they are dictionary words?

I was going to eloquently answer your question, but then I noticed your signature.

Why do you have a phishing domain linked in your signature:

loans.com
http://www.xn--lans-qqa.com/


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Re: Trademarked Domains?

I don't really see anything wrong with it.
There are no ads on the site, there is no revenue. I'm just trying to see if Google will index it.
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Re: Trademarked Domains?

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What falls in this category and what doesnt?

I have 2 domains "the truth" and "the word" and they both happen to be newspapers. Is this trademark infringement even though they are dictionary words?
It's all gray i'm afraid..

Only a trademark lawyer can answer that properly and then it's still gray

The consensus is, that seeing as most (if not all) dictionary words have a TM on them in some way or other, the issue is more about infringement, so how you use it.

So in other words, i would imagine that as long as you didn't park it or serve ads that are related to newspapers etc.. you are *probably* ok

edit: yeah the phishing name... bad voodoo here. I'd get rid off now.

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Re: Trademarked Domains?

I thought google was fighting for google not to become a dictionary word, beacuse then they would lose copy rights? I don't understand how it goes both ways.
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I thought google was fighting for google not to become a dictionary word, beacuse then they would lose copy rights? I don't understand how it goes both ways.
Google was a math term long before the company existed.

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Google was a math term long before the company existed.

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I think that's actually a "googol"
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I think that's actually a "googol"
I stand corrected. Thank you!

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Re: Trademarked Domains?

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I think that's actually a "googol"
Or is it Barney?:p

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Google
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Re: Trademarked Domains?

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I thought google was fighting for google not to become a dictionary word, because then they would lose copy rights? I don't understand how it goes both ways.
They're fighting to stop it becoming a VERB. They don't want people saying "Did you google it", because then it becomes synonymous with "search" and the TM loses strength, like like "hoover", "kleenex" and "spam".

As for lóans.com , it is generally thought to be in bad taste to register an IDN variant of an english dictionary term (or brand for that matter) where the IDN variant isn't a dictionary word in it's own right.

Similar to people that register a domain with an "i" instead of a "l" then list it for sale with the "i" capitalised so at first glance it appears the correct version of the domain is being sold. Likewise people that register domains with vv replacing a w.
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