What to Know Before Buying Domain Names

Domain names with .com, .org, and .net are on a first-come, first-served policy as long as you have good intentions for using the particular domain name. You have no right to violate trademark law, which means that you must make sure that your domain name does not violate someone else’s domain name rights, you must not engage in cybersquatting (claiming domain names and later selling them for profit), and all statements made in the registration agreement must be complete, accurate, and truthful.

A trademark is simply a brand, and by using someone else’s brand name, or variation of that brand name, to market your domain name, you are violating that other person/company’s brand. For instance, a man with the last name McDonald would not be allowed to have a website with the domain name www.mcdonald.com because of the McDonald’s Corporation trademark, which has the domain name www.mcdonalds.com. This assures that other users are not trying to imitate a particular brand by selling knock-off versions of its products or that they are not trying to use the domain name’s popularity as a marketing strategy for attention-getting.

The following link leads to a great article with FAQ’s that are all about domain name rights. Read on for more about the technical terms and laws dealing with domain names:

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) about Domain Names and Trademarks

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