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Old 4th February 2013, 03:07 AM
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Re: If you were me - please advise on this Russian IDN

Hmm.

A couple of hints to begin with:

1) Legal advice on the internet is worth what you pay for it.

2) This sub-forum is readable by all visitors, and is indexed by Google, so it may not be the best place for discussions of legal issues.

Anyway, some generic advice about trademarks and generic words. This assumes that your domain name really is a generic word; if its most generic use is as a surname, then things are more complicated.

Anyway, as an example, suppose you own apple .com. If you create a website on this domain to buy and sell apples (the fruit), you are fine. If you create a website to buy and sell computers, or music, or televisions, or if your website happens to carry ads for such products, you will deservedly lose the domain in a UDRP proceeding. Likewise if you contact the company and offer them the "opportunity" to lease this domain.

As for surnames: if your hypothetical website happens to carry ads or products related to the famous athlete, you will also deservedly lose the domain in a UDRP proceeding.

So to answer your question, yes, you are asking for trouble, simply by owning this domain. Simple rule of thumb: if the only ads you could imagine placing on this domain are for the US Fortune 500 company, the Russian flooring company, or the Russian athlete, then you don't really want to own it.

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