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Question on domain name

Postby networkmom » Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:24 pm

There is a company that offers a franchise and I had purchased a domain name with their name in the domain. Is this legal to do? They called me and wanted me to transfer the domain to them and they said they did not want to go to court over this. Did I do something illegal and do I have to give them the domain?


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Postby angienewton » Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:22 pm

If they can prove trademark by sending you their info then I think there could be an issue however I don't think you have to give them the domain. If you want to, you could sell it to them and have them pay for any fees to transfer it, etc. BUT I wouldn't just take their word for it.

Hope someone here has experience with this. Wait for a bit and see before making any decisions.
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Postby lisamariemary » Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:23 pm

Hmm...I wouldn't think you'd have to give it to them - that part sounds odd. I'm definitely not in the know about these things, though. I do know that a lot of companies will not let you use their name in your domain, though.

I know of an internet marketing lawyer - I'll go dig around on his site and see if I can find something....


ETA: Ok, dagnabbit if I can't even find the guy's site! I'm pretty sure his name is Michael Young and he's in Plano, TX - he specializes in this kind of stuff.

In the meantime, though - I found a interesting, possibly helpful thread at the Warrior Forum (which is where I met the lawyer, I think - oh nooo, maybe I met him at Tony Blake's forum, yeah...) anyhoo - this thread might help you:
http://www.warriorforum.com/main-intern ... dvice.html

If you can't read that, because, you're not a member - I'd suggest signing up - the Warrior Forum is a GREAT place for people like us to learn lots and lots and lots of things. Definitely worth signing up.

Meantime - I'll go check Tony's place...

ETA: Ok, found Mike at Tony's! Here's his blog: http://mikeyounglaw.com/wp/

I hope I've been helpful to you!!
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Postby terrapin719 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:12 pm

I don't think you have to give it to them for free, but in some cases they can take you to court and ask to have the domain transferred to them if it's a branded and trade marked name.
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Postby AlexNewell » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:37 pm

The other question is - did you buy a franchise?

If you did then look at the contract you signed- there may be terms there which answer these questions.

You may have to go through the contract line by line...and if you are confused you may be best advised to go to a lawyer.

And really what it comes down to is that most of the people here will tell you to build your own business rather than someone else's.

Good luck!

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