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Celebs and domains

Labeled as question in Legal Discussion, started by 4moola, Jun 16, 2021

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  1. 4moola

    4moola Established Member

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    Hey guys. So I googled up a bit and came over this thread: "Selling Celebrity Domains" posted on NamePros on 6/9/2018

    While I'm far from being some expert in the subject, common sense tells me that registering first names only can't possibly be a matter of cybersquatting.

    Now about the first names that I recently registered:

    Media worldwide wrote about somebody registering the domain name lilibetdiana.com on the same day Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter. There is an obvious problem with that: .com stands for commercial. Lilibet Diana is not an insurance company, dentist office, repair shop or anything else commercial: it’s a baby name, a personal name.

    Thus the only appropriate domain for a baby name is ‘.name

    Wikipedia: “The domain ‘.name’ is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. It is intended for use by individuals for representation of their personal name, nicknames, screen names, pseudonyms, or other types of identification labels.”

    VeriSign: "A .name Domain Name Is As Unique As You"

    So I registered the only domain names that would make sense to be associated with a baby name:

    Lilibet.name
    LilibetDiana.name

    Now I'm sure that a domain name for a baby is not quite common, so what are your thoughts?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. NickB

    NickB it's a mystery VIP

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    Only 34 reported .name sales since 2006 and nearly all of them arent peoples names.......

    Not good odds.....get a refund, if you can.
     
  3. bmugford

    bmugford www.DataCube.com PRO VIP ICA Member ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Hopefully you can get a refund.

    Brad
     
  4. arjun29

    arjun29 Top Contributor VIP

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    Please don't go this route. This is cybersquatting.
     
  5. CraigD

    CraigD Top Contributor VIP

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    First names can be contested as trademark brands.

    eg;

    Kylie Jenner vs Kylie Minogue (Kylie.com).

    A young billionaire vs an established multi-millionaire who has been using her own first name as a brand for over 30 years.

    It's not something you want to defend unless you can afford to.

    And I'm sure your first name isn't Lilibet ;)
     
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  6. arjun29

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    Even if his name is Lilibet, he clearly showed his true intention. And once posted in internet, can't be erased.
     
  7. 4moola

    4moola Established Member

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    That was a Trademark battle which involved the USPTO and Minogue didn't win.
    Anybody can register a common first name domain name say for a son, daughter or niece to come. Your point is utter nonsense ...
     
  8. 4moola

    4moola Established Member

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    You obviously don't understand basic facts: I'm talking about FIRST NAMES! Say some Bill registers Bill.com and some Diana secures Diana.com. Now according to your (total lack of) logic: how many millions of Bill's and Diana's worldwide can sue the two who registered first? There wouldn't be enough lawyers on the planet ... :xf.grin:
     
  9. CraigD

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    I can't understand why you have asked for peoples thoughts if you are only going to get all defensive about it.
     
  10. jberryhill

    jberryhill Top Member John Berryhill, Ph.d., Esq. PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    By golly, that's brilliant!

    I mean, yeah, what POSSIBLE evidence could anyone produce which would suggest that these names were registered to target a specific individual, rather than anyone else who might just happen to have the same names?

    It's genius, 4moola! You are well on the way to fame and riches with this scheme that is utterly impossible to show was in any way related to any of countless individuals by that name!

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  11. MadAboutDomains

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    .com is well past being just for "commercial websites".
    .net was intended for network infrastructure.

    There is really no need to take things so literally. .com is known worldwide by people as a way of getting to a website, it isn't more complicated than that.

    We may wish it to be different, but it's not. If it were I'd be a very rich man.
     
  12. NickB

    NickB it's a mystery VIP

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    I don't normally read the mail but the below came up in my news feed and thought it was relevant to this thread

    LiliDiana.com was registered on May 31 and Lilibetdiana.com was registered on day of Lili's birth - June 4


    "Sussexes' spokesman told Telegraph websites were bought 'to protect against the exploitation of the name once it was later chosen and shared"

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-DID-buy-Lilibetdiana-com-approved-Queen.html

    Nice to see they prioritised the .com and also looks like they will be quite aggressive in protecting the name
     
  13. 4moola

    4moola Established Member

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    well, while I'm a genius indeed -- among others I have more intellectual properties than you have years of school (hint: I'm not talking domain names, Sherlock) -- you seem to be quite the opposite. Hey, I didn't know that OLIGO-Cortez has a twin sista called John ...
     
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  15. MadAboutDomains

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    Cool. Are they trademarks or patents?
     
  16. 4moola

    4moola Established Member

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    Patents and copyrights.
     

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