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Is it alright to use the logo of previous owner?

Located in General Domain Discussion, started by Jona4s, Feb 26, 2020

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  1. Jona4s

    Jona4s Established Member

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    There was a social network from 2000 - 2020, where the domain expired. I guess they gave up on the site. Now I own the domain and was thinking in using the previous site content (since it's on archive.org) and logo.

    Could I get in trouble if I were to use the site previous logo / design?

    Have you ever done something similar? I mean is it a common practice for expired domains?
     
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  2. koolishman

    koolishman Upgraded Member Blue Account

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    was thinking in using the previous site content (since it's on archive.org) and logo.

    :xf.frown:
     
  3. Rhinnnn

    Rhinnnn Established Member

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    Search for all trademarks related to that domain name. Quite often, companies trademark both the actual name and the logo for it.

    If the name and logo aren't trademarked (or the trademarks have expired) you'll likely have no issues using both.

    Personally, I wouldn't use a logo that someone else made and is now associated with a seemingly defunct project. But to each its own.
     
  4. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    yes
     
  5. BrandCollectors.com

    BrandCollectors.com Established Member

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    no u can't.
    create your own logo and new content
     
  6. forge

    forge wiseau serious? VIP

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    In simple terms, it's stealing. You have no rights to another company's property unless it's acquired through legal means.

    It's much more than trademarks, but also copyrights and basically fraudulent (mis)representation. Really asking for trouble.
     
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  7. MadAboutDomains

    MadAboutDomains Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Even if it wasn't registered, there is often common law designs registration in many countries. Once you create something it's yours, you own it.
     
  8. tldboss

    tldboss Top Contributor VIP

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    Create your own logo or get a cheap one from fiverr.com or similar logo design sites.
     
  9. bmugford

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

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    Is it alright to use the logo of previous owner?

    No. It is their copyright, not yours. Merely having a domain gives you no right to use it.

    Brad
     
  10. biggie

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  11. wwwweb

    wwwweb Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Well if you reached out to them, and offered them a small sum, and got their permission on a signed document, I guess then it is ok.

    Otherwise as everyone has said it is copyright infringement.
     
  12. Abdullah Abdullah

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    I have taken down many websites that stole designs I created over the past few years....yup...I didnt even let Geocities or Freeservers sites get away with my designs. So no, you cant. Why do you want to pretend it is them? What if they had legal issues?
     
  13. Jona4s

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    Because I keep getting emails from past members via my landing page contact form, asking if the site will be back and all past content available.

    So I figure I could keep things as they were for 2 decades, including the design.
     
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  14. Drongy

    Drongy Top Contributor VIP

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    Absolutely not, that is a lawsuit and lost domain waiting to happen.
     
  15. targetpro

    targetpro Upgraded Member Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    This can't be a real question?:playful:
     
  16. NameDeck

    NameDeck SaveDotOrg.org VIP

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    If you can wait another 90-120 years you can do with it whatever you want, depending on the jurisdiction.
     
  17. AdamFL

    AdamFL Established Member

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    You can probably pursue their path and ideas, but get your own logo and content.
     
  18. Matt Morgan

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    As others have said get another logo created, your own fresh one which can save you potentially alot of legal hot water.
     
  19. Abdullah Abdullah

    Abdullah Abdullah Top Contributor VIP

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    for 2 decades? Do you even know why they did close? Why would someone just stop a profitable business with vast user-base? There must have been something.
     
  20. lock

    lock FREE.MARKETING VIP

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    I had it done to me so mailed them a million or so times at once about it.
     
  21. oberheimer

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    I have talked to one guy in Spain who has registered a few old logos (figurative mark) with the exact same logo. I have also talked to a lawyer that told me I could use an old logo. I would never use the same website but the logo is fine. I can design the business card, letterhead and website to match the logo and customer group. It saves money and time because the brand is already known.
     

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