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What's to stop domain registrars from price gouging renewals?

Scenario John Smith launches a social media startup called Turquoise Cow. He buys the Internet domain name "turquoise-cow.com" from GoDaddy. The price is $20 per year. Years later, Turquoise ...
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Can I use words like "Laboratory" or "Pharmacy" in my website or company name?

Is it illegal to use "pharmacy" or "laboratory" words in the name of an LLC or website that is not related to a real pharmacy or laboratory? i.e. using "healthlaboratory.com&...
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Am I allowed to use a domain name like macbookrepair.com?

If I were to register an available domain name like macbookrepair.com, do I have the right to offer commercial services from it, or does Apple have legal grounds to get the domain registration ...
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Can Musk threaten X11?

Twitter, recently changed hands and became owned by Elon Musk, who decided to change its name to "X". There's the FOSS X11 desktop environment being developed for various Unix and Unix-like ...
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Does receiving an email informing me of a change in policy mean I automatically agree with it, unless I object?

Several years ago I bought a domain name. I have never really used it, and have been wanting to get rid of it for quite some time now, but every year the hosting service finds another trick to make me ...
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If I buy a domain, do I need to create an LLC?

So, I want to create a name and buy a domain for a website to use currently. However, in the future I would like it to be a business so that way I can self-publish. Do I need to create an LLC if I ...
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Using a trademarked word in the same business domain as the top-level domain (TLD) for typosquatting

In this example, the names are fictional. I have a fruit store called "aple" (with one p, which is commonly misspelled and is not a dictionary word). My real domain is "aple.store"....
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I bought a premium domain and now the registrar says that domain wasn't really available for purchase

I purchased a domain name from a popular domain registrar, I immediately got the confirmation email and receipt for the purchased domain but the domain wasn't added to my account so I contacted the ...
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Am I allowed to use the term "facebook" as a keyword in the <head> section of my website?

I am planning to build a Facebook-related webapp. Judging from Quora: Can I use Facebook word in my domain? and the list of WIPO cases of domains containing "facebook" I'm not allowed to use ...
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Website URL & blog name - Trademark

I have a plan to create a general blog related to technology and internet marketing and I have chosen the name "LearnIT" and while registering the domain name I found there is already a ...
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Create a company to manage my personal domain name

I own a domain name that has the format last-name.com, that is used primarily for personalised email addresses for my family. At the moment, I am the legal owner of the domain name and the ...
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Possession of a TLD domain name by a company that has registered the same name in United States Patent and Trademark Office

Suppose that a person A owns a TLD domain(Top level domain) similar to the .com extension registered by another company in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Suppose that the person wants ...
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Who owns my website?

I started a website on Wix, and then I registered a limited company later. How does my limited company own my website? I paid for the Wix website and the domain myself with my own money under my own ...
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Is a companies domain inherently included in the sale?

The situation is that I'm contracted for a company to do a website migration of the company's official website. The company was bought 7 years ago and the former owner remained contracted to manage ...
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Domain name consisting of country name

There are a lot of top-level domains consisting only of the name of a country, like: canada.com russia.com india.com, africa.com, etc. Some are registered for news websites and other for travel ...
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Compliance of .eu domain names post-Brexit

I am a sole-trader who operates purely in the UK, and I also have a corresponding (dormant) Limited company on 'Companies House'. I have both .com and .co.uk suffixes. I also have .eu suffix, and ...
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Do domains typically have to be declared in bankruptcy proceedings?

I've been trying to research this, and so far all I've found is a lot of academic legal essays concluding the law hasn't really caught up to the technology. Do domains typically need to be declared ...
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Why can Domain Registrars sell trademarked Domains?

For example, as of writing this, Vanillacoke.org is available for purchase. There would be nothing to stop me from buying this and Godaddy or whichever Registrar profiting from it. Why are domain ...
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Similar domain to trademark takedown request?

Today I received the following, and there is no first notice. Is this a legitimate request? The "mm-walmart.com" domain and lack of any contact information is screaming a scam, attorney ...
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Same domain name as an old site

A few years ago I was looking for a domain name to use for my website. After trying a couple hundred names I eventually found one that wasn't taken. I did a quick google to make sure the name wasn't ...
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Claiming a domain name with a trademark

I have a trademark that got issued recently. There is a domain name with that same name that appears in my trademark that I'd like to obtain. However, that domain is registered by someone but is not ...
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Received emails from previous domain owner

I've recently bought a domain name which is written differently than an already existing domain name. That already existing domain is owned by a company. I've set up a wildcard redirect for all ...
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Can misspellings be covered by trademark?

Say you found out that the keyword "youtub" is getting millions of searches a year. It's pretty obvious that these searches are just misspellings of the company Youtube. You decide you want to try to ...
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Is it against the law to take over a defunct website's domain name?

Let's assume that there is a website called Tomorrow Tech run by a company named Viral Tech Ltd. Half a year ago, it was shut down for undisclosed reason. The name of the website was also no longer ...
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My .eu domain name was stolen. What are my options?

I have a company in a small European country, with a short, simple, generic name, say Generic, pvt. ltd. For many years, I've had the domain generic.eu However, I forgot to change my owner email ...
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Cybersquatter posted my domain for sale after I queried it - can I still file a UDRP?

I'm in a situation where a cybersquatter holds a domain name that I have trademarked. My company "Example Ltd" is based in the UK, and we've been established under our brand name for over 30 years. ...
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Am I allowed to use the word "Android" in my YouTube channel name?

Say I have a YouTube channel about Android development. And I want to name my channel to something like "Android Guy" / "Android Dude" / ... My question here is: am I legally allowed to include the ...
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Can Cloudflare override ICANN's Registrar Accreditation Agreement through a user agreement?

I moved a domain name over Cloudflare's registrar recently, and when inquiring whether I could change the nameservers to point to a third-party host, I was pointed towards a specific part of their ...
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Can I use game name in domain of satiric blog

I wanted to start a satiric blog with funny articles, fake level up guides and ranting on updates for a popular French game. Can I register a domain name with the game name and a different TLD without ...
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Can a two-word trademark with no claim to one of them be used as a threat to cybersquatting claim?

Assume that there is a trademark made of two words (i.e. Somename TECHNOLOGIES). In the trademark's application as well as the approved registration, there is a comment: THE MARK CONSISTS OF ...
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Why Tonga domains (.to) are not legally shut down, for websites tolerating piracy?

UPDATE: due to lack of clarity in the initial question, I have completely revised it. I, hopefully, made it more comprehensible now. I often see sites which illegally distribute copyright-protected ...
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UK - Bought a domain through a web hosting provider - now they say I can't have it

I purchased a domain name via a web hosting provider. It was priced on their website as £7.99. I've paid for it and received a confirmation email and an invoice (stipulating the name of the domain, ...
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Legal protections for an expired email domain

Recently, there was a question on Information Security which asked what could be done to protect the confidentiality of his contacts in the case that his custom email domain expires and someone else ...
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Can I have "Amazon" in my company's domain name?

I am developing a website that sells gift cards and at this point in time I am planning on selling only Amazon gift cards (in the beginning at least). I'm at the point where I need to pick a domain ...
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On what grounds can Instagram contest the use of the domain name slutsofinstagram.com?

A Reddit user registered the domain name slutsofinstagram.com, and has created a kind of parody cover story (Reddit; Imgur): Welcome to Slütsof In Stagrâm an online fantasy series about a Princess ...
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Sharing a negative experience using websites with the name of the business/individual who caused it

Imagine this hypothetical situation: My parents have been trying to build a new home for some time and around 2016 they got involved with an architect/builder (let's call him Fred Fraud) who at the ...
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Profit from a celebrity domain name if I have the same name?

Here is my situation. I have a fairly unique first/last name in the States but it is common in another country. I live in the States. I own a .com, which is my full name. It is an empty page right ...
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Is one person creating multiple companies with similar names to competitors considered fraud?

In Wisconsin, there's an individual, let's call him Dan, in a city who has basically created multiple "off-brand" companies with incredibly similar names to their competitors. These are made up ...
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Domain name registered by co-founder's friend

Founds of an informal organization that's been around for several years want to form an LLC. One of the founders (we'll call Bob) has a friend that own's the domain. Bob doesn't know how to manage ...
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Can you advertise against another product using domain names?

Suppose your competitor is about to release a product. Can you technically build a website with a domain name that includes their product name, such as www.get-productname.com www.better-than-...
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Trademark Protection for Domain Names

Today I purchased a few new domain names, which are composed of very general words. When I attempted to purchase a different domain, adventure.app, I received warning of a trademark claim. I chose to ...
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Gaining control over domain name being used by scammers

The company I work for has a U.S. trademark on our name, and operates a site of [COMPANY].com We're now aware of two instances where scammers are impersonating our company and have registered ...
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Choosing Domain Name and Avoiding Lawsuit?

So say I wanted to create the blog "TheSportLad" that is about sport news and "Lad" as in (young man). Say there is a small blog called "TheSportLand" also doing some news about sports. Would I be ...
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High value domain taken by registrar

I registered a domain name with a large domain registrar. The domain is very unique. The transaction went through. My credit card was billed. I received an invoice. I set up the domain with my ...
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Use of trademark related domain with permission

I have a domain (and a website) that is closely related to the very very well known product. If that product was name Foo, my domain is foofaq.com and provides faq and news about Foo. At the ...
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Transfer of Ownership of a Trademarked Domain Name

Building upon the question "What is the relation between Trademarks and Domains?": ...if I register a domain when no trademark exists, but then someone registers the trademark... Can that ...
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What is the relation between Trademarks and Domains?

For what I have read here, I understood that if I buy a domain of an already registered trademark (in which country, by the way?), I might have a problem at hands. But it is not clear to me what ...
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Is it OK to name our app generically?

We're creating an app and want to name it generically, like Calendar. Calendar is already trademarked for alcoholic beverages except beers. We want to make sure we're doing our due diligence in ...
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Can I legally use "pokestopclub.com" for a commercial website?

I want to register a domain name like "pokestopclub.com". I think PokemonGo is registered trademark, but the term "pokestop" is not. Can I legally use "pokestopclub.com" for a commercial social ...
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Trademarked name in domain name

Lets says someone purchases a domain name such as www.Google.photography. This is not a generic top-level domain (.photography). If say I intend to use this site non-commercially to allow users to ...
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