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By : Stanley
One of the most
important aspects of choosing a domain name registration is that it should
be non-infringing. This is not an easy task since most unique names have
already been registered. The number of useful domain names from the
marketing point of view have become extremely limited. Several companies now
register variations of their trademark names as a preventive measure against
infringement. For example, check www.coke.com, www.coca-cola.com, and
www.coca-cola.com, or try www.3m.com and www.mmm.com.
All these factors have led to a crisis of domain names and given rise to
increasing cases of infringement of domain registration. A number of
companies have taken legal action against other companies or individuals
over alleged copyright violation on the domain names.
There are some fundamental guidelines and cross-checks for selection of a
domain name registration.
You must carefully select some names that are relevant to your business
model. You must be able to justify your reason for using the name. Your
domain name registration should principally consist of a name you are using
as a trade name, trademark or corporate name.
It is better to select more than one name since you are not sure about the
availability of the required domain name.
Now, search the website of one of the prominent domain name registrars to
check if the required name is available. If the name has already been
registered by someone else, the search result will provide you with optional
names that are similar to your requirements. For example, for the name
"ford", the search result may give you similar names like "aboutford.com"
If the domain name that you are looking has already been registered but
there is no content being displayed at the domain, try to find out the
details of the owner of the domain. It is possible that he/she may be
genuine and have yet not published any content.
It is also possible that the owner does not plan to create a web site and is
willing to give you the domain at the original price. You must confirm that
the seller has ownership rights for that particular domain name.
Choosing a domain name registration that is same as or quite similar to
another well-known trademark, may lead to legal action. The regulations
governing these issues are dealt by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN).
It is very likely that you would lose right of your domain name registration
if you have intentionally chosen a name similar to another domain name so as
to confuse potential visitors to the site. For example, if your site deals
in consumer electronics goods made by a Samsung competitor, do not choose
the name "samsungbusiness.com" since a court is most likely to pass a
verdict that you selected this name to divert attention of Samsung
There could be others reasons of losing a domain registration. It may be
found that you have never carried out any business under that name or there
is no person in your company similar to that name. Another reason could be
that you intend to sell that domain name to your competitor for financial
If your domain name is same as your name then you may be allowed to continue
to use it, inspite of the fact that it is similar to someone elseís domain
name. But the usage of such a name is governed by certain conditions set by
court. For example, Mr. Suki Nokia, who runs a cosmetics business, may be
allowed to use the domain name "nokia.kr" but he would be barred from using
his site to demonstrate any electronics-related information or advertising.
It is also possible for you to use a domain name that is similar to
another's trademark if your objective is not to criticize the other personís
In the non-cyberworld, two companies may have the same name if they do not
conduct a similar business or do not have similar product lines. Roxy
Electrical and Roxy Laundry can coexist comfortably. However, in the web
world, both Roxies cannot own the "roxy.com" domain name. The laundry Roxy
could register under "roxy.laundry" and the electrician under "roxy.electrical."
A very useful tip is to buy all three of the top level domains - .com, .net
and .org. You should also buy all possible misspellings of your domain name
before anybody else takes advantage of this fact.
You have put a lot of money and energy into building your business and if
you are forced to give up the domain name, your business is likely to suffer
due to it. So, you need to put your best efforts in choosing a domain
registration that is both distinctive and non-infringing.
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