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

Domains can be transferred between registrars. If a registrar is overcharging or providing poor service, the owner has the right to transfer the domain registration to a competing registrar. There are ...
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On what grounds can Instagram contest the use of the domain name slutsofinstagram.com?

The theoretical is that the domain slutsofinstagram.com does dilute or harm Instagram's mark because of the use of "Instagram" in the domain and because of the unwanted association of the parody story;...
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Does receiving an email informing me of a change in policy mean I automatically agree with it, unless I object?

What does the contract say? If it says that they have the right to unilaterally alter the terms by providing you with notice by email, then they have the right to unilaterally alter the terms by ...
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Legal protections for an expired email domain

Not that I am aware of. A person who 'owns' a domain is entitled to utilize that domain including for the purposes of receiving emails. With physical mail, it is a crime in most countries to ...
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I bought a premium domain and now the registrar says that domain wasn't really available for purchase

No You agreed to this: If the change of ownership from Seller to Buyer is not able to be completed (i) due to either party’s fraudulent activity or (ii) for any other reason, Buyer and Seller ...
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Can Musk threaten X11?

Trademark rights go to the first one who uses them in commerce, or who registered them with the intention to use them in commerce. So if anything, the X.Org Foundation could be a legal threat to ...
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Can I have "Amazon" in my company's domain name?

A reasonable person might well believe that your enterprise is being sponsored by or is affiliated with Amazon, and so you would be infringing Amazon's trademark. Even if there is no reasonable ...
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Who owns my website?

Who owns my website? YOUR website is owned by YOU. If you want it to be owned by your company, you need to transfer the ownership. The domain name registrant and the entity to pay Wix need to be the ...
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Am I allowed to use the term "facebook" as a keyword in the <head> section of my website?

The Quora statement that the word "facebook" cannot be used in a domain name without permission is incorrect, or at least too broad. If a site or app is intended to work with Facebook, it ...
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If I buy a domain, do I need to create an LLC?

Do I need to create an LLC if I already own the domain? No. Can someone legally create an LLC with the same name as my domain? Yes. Just trying to understand what the difference is between an LLC ...
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Can Musk threaten X11?

This is unlikely to be a problem. There are many companies that have already registered software-related trademarks prominently involving an X or the name Xcom. That Twitter has changed to X branding ...
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Website URL & blog name - Trademark

"LearnIT" and "Learn it" are both descriptive, and thus are generally weak trademarks. It is not unlikely that a challenge would result in cancellation of any trademark on either, ...
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UK - Bought a domain through a web hosting provider - now they say I can't have it

This smells strongly of "bait and switch" fraud: offer a product at an attractive price, then "discover" that the product is not really available at that price. By that time the customer has sunk ...
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Legal protections for an expired email domain

Yes, there are legal remedies. GDPR would first require them to handle the emails with a great deal of care. They would not have permission to read them and they may contain private correspondence or ...
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Profit from a celebrity domain name if I have the same name?

As long as you are not claiming to be this celebrity, which would be impersonation, then you are not doing anything wrong or illegal. Since it is your own name, you can use it.
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High value domain taken by registrar

You need to look at the domain registrar's TOS to determine their polices for canceling a domain after the fact in the way they did, i.e. claiming the domain is "premium" and as such allowing them to ...
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Is it OK to name our app generically?

I am answering primarily with regard to the U.S. Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. § 1501 et seq.) and state trademark laws in the U.S., but except as noted, these concepts are widely honored internationally in ...
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Is there a fair use exception for trademarks?

Just assuming for the sake of this particular answer that everything happens in the U.S.: I'm not sure about the particular example of Open ZFS. The registration in the USPTO Records is in Oracle's ...
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Can misspellings be covered by trademark?

Yes, they can be. In the example given in the question, there is an additional factor which is that the possibly-infringing company is in a different line of business, which means that it might be ...
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Is a companies domain inherently included in the sale?

It will depend on the specific facts Let's define a few terms: Company A was the original company, Company B is the current company (which may be the same as Company A or a different company), Owner ...
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Cybersquatter posted my domain for sale after I queried it - can I still file a UDRP?

If anything, I think posting it for sale and notifying you is more evidence of bad faith. File a claim - it can't hurt, and the quicker you let ICANN know there's a dispute, the better. It doesn't ...
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Same domain name as an old site

Your question lacks some details. So you registered a domain name, and later find someone else used that domain name (in the past) for a hobby website? Then no, you don't need to worry about it. If ...
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Similar domain to trademark takedown request?

It's from a company called MarkMonitor that does trademark protection for clients - specifically around internet activities and that includes domain cybersquatting - which is illegal in the US under ...
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Am I allowed to use a domain name like macbookrepair.com?

Apple lists their trademarks, which includes "Mac" and "Macbook". "Big Mac" (burger) does not conflict (also, Macdonald's got there first) because they are unrelated ...
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What's to stop domain registrars from price gouging renewals?

This is actually a common business model, with little to no recourse in practice It's not uncommon to have to pay hundreds of dollars for a domain that cost you a few bucks to renew a year earlier. ...
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Can I legally use "pokestopclub.com" for a commercial website?

There is law called Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act that regulates this. For your specific case, this probably would fall into the same cases as priuschat.com or windowsforum.com where you ...
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Trademarked name in domain name

I will respond to your general hypothetical. You ask numerous questions and variations which I will not address. In practice, Google would send you a demand letter, and then you would look into the ...
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Do IP laws (trademark, etc) make web domain addresses containing celebrity names illegal?

ICAAN's Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) was created to allow for trademark holders to challenge domain owners, bring the respondents into binding arbitration, and possibly gain ...
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