Lately I have seen a big growth in the amount of new people dabbling in domain investing or, better known as domaining. One thing that seems to happen to just about every new domainer (someone who buys domain names for the purpose of selling them for a profit) is that they jump right in and start buying up domain names that they think will make them the most profit.
The thing that most forget to do is the needed research that every domain buyer (especially someone new to domain buying) should do before buying that great new domain name. A common mistake that many new domainers do is that they will register a domain that is a Trademark violation for a current Trademark holder. Most people who have never bought a domain before don’t realize that just because a domain is available, that doesn’t mean that you should buy it.
If you are to invest your money, no matter if it’s a $.99 .com domain that you are getting at GoDaddy.com using a discount registration code or if you are buying from a private party or elsewhere, you want to make sure that that investment isn’t lost or worse, cost you legal fees and headaches from violating a Trademark holders Trademark rights. Trust me, it’s better to spend some time and do a bit of research before getting that new domain name than it is to receive an email from a law firm telling you that you are violating their clients Trademark rights.
Common sense is something that needs to be used when you are thinking about registering or buying a domain name, to make sure that you don’t violate someone else’s Trademark. As an example, if you are thinking about registering a domain name with the words Microsoft, Apple, Google, Pepsi, etc. in them, you should think about the fact that it’s going to be hard to claim that you are not trying to make a profit, one way or another, from some else’s Trademark. That’s the bottom line when it comes to Trademarks, you are not legally allowed to make money from the use in any way, of someone else’s Trademark.
So the bottom line is that if you take a minute and think about that domain name that has a possible Trademark name in it, you might want to do some research and make sure that you will not be infringing on anyone else’s Trademark.
Here’s another article of mine with more information on domain names HERE!
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