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Not Doing My Homework :-(

Discussion in 'The Bar' started by PhilGreg, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Ben Thomas

    Ben Thomas Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I was under the impression that if you were registered at companies house, it gave you *some* rights. Seems I stand corrected, my apologies @mojoco and thanks for the information.
     
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  3. mojoco United Kingdom

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    Thanks Ben.
     
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  4. DesD

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    I hate writing this as I really enjoy the general openness of this forum. BUT....if you are worried about being challenged by a third party on a domain name that you've purchased, then putting your full and frank thoughts/concerns on the subject on a relatively easy to find and join forum is not necessarily a good idea in my opinion. It weakens your position, whatever that might be.
     
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  5. PhilGreg United Kingdom

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    I understand and appreciate your perspective. But It actually helps me a lot, especially if it came to mounting a defense (should the need arise), as it highlights and records my intentions which would be important in a DRS or Trademark case.

    The example of TheCloud is more hypothetical and educational as I have no intention of developing it any time soon and also have plenty of alternative options for the project in mind, when the time comes.

    The answers people have given have expanded my knowledge on the subject and I have no problem being open. If anything negative comes of it, then such as life, I've not robbed a bank or anything.

    But if this is the sort of post that is not really welcome here or unhelpful to others, due maybe to others not wanting to highlight the issue for fear of affecting their own sales or ongoing auctions or something then I'm happy to have this post/thread removed if that's what people want.
     
  6. DesD

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    On the contrary, I think it's a really interesting post and again showcases the knowledge and support that's available through the community. My point was more made for your protection, as opposed to my not being open to this type of discussion. If you're comfortable, then it's all good.
     
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  7. Robert Smith United Kingdom

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    I agree with you - i think that it adds value to talk about things - and others can learn as they go. It is an interesting topic (a bit like the difference between .uk & .co.uk) - also very contentious!
     
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  8. M40 United Kingdom

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    My uneducated opinion:

    The vast majority of people recognise it as a generic term. They don’t associate it with any particular brand. Consumers are used to seeing this term in everyday language by different sources.

    Terms like iCloud might have a case as it is widely known to be an Apple service. The domain icloud.co.uk is currently being used by another business.

    Perhaps the first person who coined the term might have some rights to it. But even this is unlikely to succeed, eventually even some widely used names become generic.

    Example being ‘Sellotape’, a British brand which at one point had the Sellotape trademark.

    It is ridiculous to think any person or company has rights to something as generic as The Cloud. I would not waste my time asking a solicitor.
     
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  9. Ben Thomas

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    Wow ha. I didn’t ever realise that.
     
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    As Shelley Title of same 1818s as a Metaphor for the unending cycle of nature... nowt they could do.....Don't mean it makes it easy to sell but as far as DRS went unless you did something as dumb like trying to pass it off as another company you,d not loose it at all :)
     
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    you will find many (generic) terms to be trademarked (or in use) somewhere.
     
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  12. PhilGreg United Kingdom

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    I don't think you read all my comments or certainly not understand them. I was after a bit of free input from others on their experiences, plus also laying a paper-trail for any future legal defense as it highlights my intentions etc. But hey, i guess you didn't read those bits!

    I've been in IT&Marketing 30yrs and in domaining for 20 and I've had my own trademark ( as mentioned ) and copyright issues over the years, but this was slightly different. Also, I'm not in the business to primarily flip, so maybe I'm not a 'domainer' ;-) Please, save me your arrogance, your answer was not helpful to anyone.
     
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  13. PhilGreg United Kingdom

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    Not necessarily
    My understanding is that it is not necessarily dependent on me attempting to 'Pass Off' but also on "if there is a likelihood of confusion over who owns and operates the domain name". The domain does not need to be developed or active to fall foul of a DRS, it would appear. I'm currently reading through past DRS decisions and it seems that all is not so black and white.

    For the moment, this domain will go on the back-burner whilst I focus on other projects, but if I do develop it as intended ( as a SEO / WP Managed Hosting Service for those who's niche is specifically the UK ) then I will seek proper legal advice b4 doing so, as the huge investment in time and money would not be worth taking the risk if it was deemed that I would likely fall foul of any rules/laws/trademarks etc.
     
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    The .CO.UK registrant had 5 flippin years to claim their .UK

    I'd expect Nominet to take a dim view on any RoR DRS applications..
     
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  15. PhilGreg United Kingdom

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    I've got everything I need out of this post now and have to admit I'm sick of seeing it pop back to the top of 'Recent Posts' all the time, as I'm sure everybody else is as well! Anyway, (admin) can it be closed or bumped down or something ? I don't think there is much value in this going round and round.
     
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  16. PhilGreg United Kingdom

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    I completely disagree with you. Disputes and claims do not come hand-in-hand with domaining in my experience, they are either unfortunate and accidental or the result of being sloppy or not caring.

    Most experienced 'domainers' that I know of are a pretty savvy bunch who do their best to avoid inevitable headaches by avoiding obvious conflicts. Receiving loads of legal letters, paying solicitors and earning a bad reputation is not a smart way of operating and I think most experienced 'domainers' do their best to avoid this. But there are those with few ethics who intentionally register in bad faith, but it normally does not turn out well. Good luck with all your legal issues though, but personally I'd rather be spending my time developing than sitting in my lawyer's office.
     
  17. Murray

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    Probably depends on scale

    If you only have 100 domains you're less likely to get a DRS vs someone with 10,000, even if they're the same type of mix of names
     
  18. PhilGreg United Kingdom

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    Sure Murray, Scale is definitely a factor, the more you have the more likely you are to step on somebodies toes. But, I think the main factor is using common sense and doing a bit of homework first and that usually is sufficient to avoid conflicts. But yes if you got thousands then your more likely. However, at one point I had over 9,000 .co.uk domains and only attracted 3 complaints ( about 15yr ago), that were the result of my lack of knowledge early in the game. Since then, things have been pretty stress free. However, I have now refined my portfolio down to a more manageable 500, but I get the point your making.
     
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