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I bought a 'portmanteau' domain - is it treated the same as a generic?

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  1. boxfish United Kingdom

    boxfish Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    Looking for a little bit of insight here please.

    I recently purchased a domain name which is a 'portmanteau'.

    For those that don't know (like I didn't) a portmanteau is a combination of two words, e.g shopaholic = shopping + alcoholic

    For ease let's say it is shopaholic.com as it's very similar.

    I bought the .com, twitter and instagram handles last month, and they were all registered since 2016.

    They have never been used but have just been sat registered.

    In 2018 a podcast appeared using the same name and they have posted episodes ever since.

    I wanted to get a picture of where I stand with regards to copyright, if the term would be treated the same as a generic and if I am OK to develop it in the future knowing someone is already using the name and I purchased it after they started the podcast, yet the domain was registered before?

    Appreciate any input, thanks
     
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  3. martin-s United Kingdom

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    Is the portmanteau in general use? How well accepted is it?
     
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    Hard to say - sent you the domain via DM
     
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    This isn't professional advice by any means, but it does seem like it could be deemed a generic - unless the podcast has become some kind of household name, and has any trademarks?

    Either way, thanks for introducing me to w term I hadn't heard before!
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    Martin's take was the opposite. Because it wasn't a household name, and most Google results led back to the podcast, it was more of a brandable - not cut and dried though.

    I've done some digging today and found articles/domains/social media handles that include use of the phrase as far back as 2014, 5 years before the podcast started, which has put my mind at ease a bit.
     
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