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GoDaddy Denied My Domain?

Discussion in 'Domain Beginners' started by NiceDayVince, Jan 10, 2017.

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  1. NiceDayVince

    NiceDayVince New Member

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    Last night I registered an event based domain that I figured would be very valuable to someone next year when the event rolls around next year.

    Today I received this email from GoDaddy:

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    GODADDY AUCTIONS®
    We're sorry
    Thank you for being a GoDaddy customer. We greatly appreciate your interest in participating in our exciting aftermarket and/or parked page programs. Unfortunately, we are unable to list the domain name(s) below in these programs at this time because another person or entity owns a trademark that matches one or more terms or words contained in your domain name(s).


    ****TheEventBasedDomainIRegisteredLastNight2018 dot Com****

    Again, we very much appreciate your business and we are sorry that this particular service is unavailable for this domain name(s). If you have any questions, please contact us at trademarkclaims @ godaddy dot com

    Regards,
    GoDaddy Aftermarket/Parked Page Team

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    My question:
    Can anyone tell me what this email means to tell me? Does this simply mean that I cannot park the domain on godaddy, and I cannot use their auction site to list it for sale?

    Is there still any hope of parking it with VooDoo and/or selling it on some other auction site? As far as I know it's still listed on Afternic, Flippa, and Sedo...

    Or should I continue with plan B; a custom SEO landing page with Adsense and a "this domain is for sale" message/contact form? BTW, any tips on what I should use to create a custom landing page like this? Any wordpress themes/plugins recommended for this? Or is there a Parking service that would be my best bet?

    Any tips for me in this situation, based on real life knowledge/experience?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. urlurl

    urlurl Active Member VIP

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    hard to say, but you may want to stay clear of obvious trademarked names
     
  3. NiceDayVince

    NiceDayVince New Member

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    Why is it wise to stay clear of trademarked names?

    Isn't that like one of the whole strategies to domaining? Find products that people are already searching for, or already have some intrinsic value, and then snag them up to resell for a few bucks more?

    Can you give me an example of either scenario.. one you would go for, and one you would steer clear of?

    Thanks for the advice.
     
  4. Robert G

    Robert G Established Member

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    urlurl is right, if godaddy, who is greedy af, doesnt want to mess with your name, you probably should not mess with it either.
     
  5. Robert G

    Robert G Established Member

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    products are ok like cars.com or candy.com
    tms like chevyvolt.com or hersheyskisses.com should be avoided
     
  6. Michael Ehrhardt

    Michael Ehrhardt Active Member VIP

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    I done some research on the @ and found out it is trademarked

    what does this mean ?

    Since 23 October 2012, the At-sign is registered as a trade mark by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office—DPMA (registration number 302012038338) for @T.E.L.L.

    While company promoters have claimed that it may from now on be illegal for other commercial interests to use the At-sign,[citation needed] this only applies to identical or confusingly similar goods and no court, German or otherwise, has yet ruled on this purported illegality.

    A cancellation request was filed in 2013


    The at sign, @, normally read aloud as "at", also commonly called the at symbol or commercial at, is originally an accounting and commercial invoice abbreviation meaning "at a rate of"
    (e.g. 7 widgets @ £2 = £14).
    In contemporary use, the at sign is most commonly used in email addresses. It was not included on the keyboard of the earliest commercially successful typewriters, but was on at least one 1889 model and the very successful Underwood models from the "Underwood No. 5" in 1900 onward. It is now universally included on computer keyboards.
     
  7. NiceDayVince

    NiceDayVince New Member

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    OK, I guess I'll contact GoDaddy now to see if it's possible to UNREGISTER the domain, as I want nothing to do with this...
     
  8. Robert G

    Robert G Established Member

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    dont worry, godaddy will charge you $35 admin fee when the TM holder contacts them and you can transfer it to them.
     
  9. NiceDayVince

    NiceDayVince New Member

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    THANK YOU for this heads up! It's a lot of relief!

    Although, I think GoDaddy ought to pay ME $35 for allowing this to happen through their service in the first place! They know this is gonna happen.. what a scam!

    Live and learn.
     
  10. boker

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    I have got the same response for ensure.group, but as far as I know ensure is a general term...I have listed my name for sale and I intend to keep it like that
     
  11. NiceDayVince

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    Guys.. you know what I just realized...

    Everyday there are newbie domain investors like me going onto GoDaddy and making this same mistake. It's too simple and easy to make. They're practically aiding and abetting this, encouraging people... "Yes! Your domain is available. Buy it before someone else does."

    They have the technology to filter these domains from going up on their auction site, but not to prevent the domain from being registered, (or at least a warning?!) in the first place? BS!

    Obviously GoDaddy is allowing these registrations to happen, that way they get their $13.27 + $35 admin fee, every time! Crime is a business?! This is fraud! This is a class action law suit waiting to happen!

    Who is the Domain Name industry attorney? I bet there have been millions of cases like this, and they are all on record somewhere. I'd like to talk to an attorney about this, we can't just sit back and do nothing, knowing that there will be newbies like me getting stuck over and over and over again, just so GoDaddy can take advantage of their mistake! Grrr... I'm furious right now! ~~~~breath through the nose~~~~
     
  12. Digimagi

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    I am not an attorney but I have studied law for many years.

    First of all, it is not the responsibility of the company (godaddy) to make sure you are educated and don't violate the copyright laws.
    second, even if they were to try to help you out, which it is not their obligation, godaddy would have no way of knowing which uses were going to be taken seriously and taken to court.
    For instance, amazonwomen.com would never have a bearing on Amazon.com's business or trademark.
    And it should not be godaddy's business to make sure nobody violates this.
     
  13. KykySck

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    Names under trademark should be reserved so that these things don't happen.
     
  14. Kuffy

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    NiceDayVince New Member

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    @Kuffy, no it was not @ sign, I did see an article about that tho. I believe you are just fine with the @ sign in your domain according to what I read about it.

    ... the domain was GoldenGlobes2018 dot com
    Last night, I saw that GoldenGlobes2017 dot com had a Watch Live Online feature set up, and I also saw that "Golden Globes" was the #1 search on Google at 5,000,000 searches! So I thought I was gonna be rich! LOL! Domaining is fun, exciting, and dynamic world.. obviously I still have a lot to learn. That experience will make a fun story for me down the road. (now that its over) lol

    I talked to Godaddy, they deleted the registration for me and refunded my money. There's no denying. I really love that company. I was on the defense earlier, feeling scared and a bit angry. I assumed GoDaddy was orchestrating all this intentionally.. But now I see I was jumping to conclusions due to my defensive state. An introspective experience at least. Truth is, I really like GoDaddy. Thank you everyone for the education. I'll do my part to pass it on, and I won't make that mistake again!

    Peace be with you!
     
  16. Kuffy

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    I understand their position. imho names like that are more trouble than they are worth
     
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  19. Digimagi

    Digimagi Established Member

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    Sure...
    Best Buy should go out and trademark every name associated with Best Buy.

    Bestbuy.com
    Bestbuynow.com
    Bestbuytomorrow.com
    Bestbuyyesterday.com
    Bestbuymaybenextweek.com
    Bestbuynope.com
    Bestbuydeals.com
    BestbuyDeal.com
    Bestbuymyhome.com

    Do you see where this is going yet?
     
  20. NiceDayVince

    NiceDayVince New Member

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    Yes... it's quite the pandoras box.
     
  21. KykySck

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    I know others that do reserve them. These names are normally on a list, so people can do bulk reserving and these days with some IT cheats you can do them in a short time. But I get your point, if you reserve them on by one it's going to take forever and they are new gTLDs appearing which makes it more difficult.

    Another thing: I may be wrong, but as far as I know, the customers need to be provided with information if a name is under trademark so that they are aware of the legal issues that might come up in the future. I read an ICANN document once about it.

    It can turn to be really expensive mistake for domainers if there isn't a way to stop it.
     
  22. Joe Nichols

    Joe Nichols >>> IdleDad.com <<< VIP

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    The onus is on the domainer to learn about their legal obligations before registering names and building sites on them. Companies shouldn't have to buy up every possible name that could be mis-used... Registrars shouldn't have to spit out a laundry list of "legal things to consider" every time someone registers a name.

    That expensive mistake you're talking about can be easily fixed, as Vince demonstrated. If more "mistakes" happen after that, the problem lies with the domainer and their intentions.

    Ignorance of the law has never been an acceptable excuse for breaking it.
     
  23. Nerevar

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    GoDaddy does not prevent registering names because you may have legal rights to those trademarks. It is your obligation to check whether a name that you register or buy can be used by you (for the purpose that you intend to use it and in the geographic region that you intent to use it). Some trademarks are not geographically universal. Some can be used for a product that is different from the trademark. Some trademarks can be disputed in a court of law. It is not the registrar's job to be the judge whether you are entitled to own a domain name (unless they get a court order etc.). At the same time, GoDaddy does correctly prevent the auction of some very obvious trademarks that belong to large companies. It is their auctioning platform that you use, and it's their job to judge whether you are entitled to sell a domain name.
     
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