I have my main email as "mer************[email protected]" (censored for safety)

Now in the email, it has "Windows" and I'm worried that Microsoft will come for me and say"HEY!, you cant use Microsoft's trademarked services in your email address".

Is it okay or should I change my email?

(I did see the question Use of trademark in personal email alias but i didn't really understand much of it, maybe my situation is different since I'm not a part of Microsoft or it affiliates)

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    Are you using the e-mail handle in a manner that suggests some sort of affiliation with Windows? "[email protected]" is probably going to be a lot different from "[email protected]."
    – bdb484
    Apr 4, 2022 at 19:07
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    @bdb484 no, this is just my personal email, the email fully is [email protected], the windows part was because i made other versions of windows on scratch (scratch.mit.edu) so i made this email for fun, now its my main email.. Apr 4, 2022 at 19:13
  • basically i was know for "making windows ripoff versions" at school so i made this email for fun email anyone were wanting to chat with me Apr 4, 2022 at 19:14
  • I guess its OK as it got thru the filters as I tried to make a Gmail account with 'admin' but it got rejected by the AI
    – Heddy
    Apr 4, 2022 at 19:17
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    "censored for safety" then using it as your username and posting it in the comments within a few minutes doesn't seem to be right...
    – Ron Beyer
    Apr 5, 2022 at 1:21

1 Answer 1


While not categorically illegal, there is a risk that using a trademark in an email name is something that is being done with a purpose to defraud people into thinking that you are affiliated with that company (and indeed, such emails are frequently used for that purpose as are misleading domain names).

So, while it isn't outright forbidden, it is generally unwise.

  • ok, so if i am saying to people "Hey! im a part of brand Name", unless i am actually as a part of brand Name, then i would be doing something illegal, else if i just used a name just for other then representing brand Name then im ok, got it :) Apr 7, 2022 at 18:29

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