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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 8:34 am    Post subject: [Author's name].com, [Author's name]online.com, etc. Reply with quote

Is there any (legal?) problem as you register and launch a site whose domains name is

[Author's name].com
[Author's name]online.com, etc.

(For example, williamshakespeare.com, williamshakespeareonline.com, etc.?)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly not if they are long dead like williamshakespeare.com since even his work is now out of copyright so there's no way his relatives could claim you were profiting from using that unlawfully.

As for people around currently - it's very debateable as to whether they could really take any action as it's almost certain that there'll be more than one person with that name. For example billgates.com is just one of those directory/search engines that grab expired domains.

In the case of something like Madona, it might get a little more iffy, although I seem to remember she tried to trademark that at one time....maybe just 2000 years too late. Smile

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