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Do companies mind if you use their name in your url?

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by matthecool, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. gmoisescu

    gmoisescu Greenhorn

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    #21
    I"m totally agree
     
    gmoisescu, Jul 22, 2010 IP
  2. neyola

    neyola Peon

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    #22
    You can mail and call them if you still have reservations. none of the posters are part of Walmart's legal team
     
    neyola, Jul 22, 2010 IP
  3. dennisb

    dennisb Member

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    #23
    Big organizations dont like the use of their name (brand) in a domain what doesnt belong to them (yet). Like Facebook is very active getting those domains in their possession or just down.

    They (the companies) spend time and money to make a brand. And you use it to earn money for yourself. In their eyes you are misusing their brand to earn money over them. If you ask me they are right.....

    The best is maybe like others mentioned contact the company. But in my opinion you just shouldnt. What if your website becomes a big success in lets say three years. The big company probable forgot your e-mail/phone call and maybe do a law suit after all for what ever reason. You got nothing on paper, yeah maybe an old e-mail from employee at the helpdesk center (who isnt working there anymore). So at the end its them against you, guess what the odds are?

    For something serious (long term) I wouldnt invest my time and money in such domain and website. To much risk beside that I think you can better build up an own brand which gives you opportunities. But if you are out for something quick not to serious I would give it a shot. But when you get an e-mail with warnings do what they say, getting a letter at home will cost you money LOL.
     
    dennisb, Jul 22, 2010 IP
  4. zurpit.com

    zurpit.com Peon

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    #24
    Some companies will challenge the fact that their name is in the domain since the company name is trademarked but usually it shouldn't matter.
     
    zurpit.com, Jul 22, 2010 IP
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    Steve Baker Well-Known Member

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    #25
    I'd be very careful. You might be ok, but I know some are very zealous about it.
     
    Steve Baker, Jul 22, 2010 IP
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    going2oahu Peon

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    #26
    I would definitely steer clear of that if I were you. You spend all kinds of time developing a site and then end op getting the dreaded C&D letter - not worth it.
     
    going2oahu, Jul 22, 2010 IP