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A huge UK company runs .co.uk domain and the .com is available. Is it legal/ethical to buy .com

Labeled as question in Legal Discussion, started by paknet, Feb 18, 2020

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  1. paknet

    paknet Established Member

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    A huge UK company runs .co.uk domain and the .com is available.

    Is it legal/ethical to buy the .com for the purpose of reselling it back to them?

    Please advice.
     
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  2. Don Gondon

    Don Gondon Established Member

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    No, it is not.

    b. Evidence of Registration and Use in Bad Faith. For the purposes of Paragraph 4(a)(iii), the following circumstances, in particular but without limitation, if found by the Panel to be present, shall be evidence of the registration and use of a domain name in bad faith:

    (i) circumstances indicating that you have registered or you have acquired the domain name primarily for the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to the complainant who is the owner of the trademark or service mark or to a competitor of that complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of your documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain name;

    https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/policy-2012-02-25-en
     
  3. paknet

    paknet Established Member

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    It's not illegal/unethical? Or it is illegal/unethical?
     
  4. Don Gondon

    Don Gondon Established Member

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    Depends on one's standards of ethical. For me it is not. For ICANN, WIPO etc. it is not either. Illegal? It might lead to civil legal action, but most likely only a UDRP.
     
  5. Matt J

    Matt J Established Member

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    It will likely be cheaper for them to buy it from you than go through UDRP though.
    Pretty sure UDRP is expensive.

    But if they wanted the .com I’m sure they would have bought it. They probably don’t care for it
     
  6. D Haynes

    D Haynes Top Contributor VIP

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    If the company only operates in the UK they won't be bothered about the .com. The proof is that they haven't registered it.
     
  7. topdom

    topdom Top Contributor VIP

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    99 percent legal
    1 percent ethical
    90 percent stupid
    80 percent shameful
     
  8. Ryan217

    Ryan217 Established Member

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    It depends on what the purpose is for buying it. If you think you will sell it to them then yes that's called cybersquatting and they probably wont buy it from you anyway because if they really wanted it they could just register it themselves for $9 so we can already establish it's not worth $9 to them.

    If you have some intended use that would not directly compete with them then that's a completely different question. But this is namepros and the way you asked it and asking it here implies you would try to sell it to them and I would just suggest dont bother.
     

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