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Hello people..

Can I register that kind of domain, with a company name on it? thanks in advance..

Comments (13)

You're only asking for trouble if you do. Stear clear of domains containing trademarks.


Comment #1

LOL - sure you can, dont worry that ebay have spent millions of $$$ branding there name, I'm sure they wont mind you jumping on there success, go for it.

*incase you cant tell, I was being sarcastic*.

That kind of trademark infringement will land you in serious trouble, best to stay away from trademarked domains, do you squat in real life?..

Comment #2

Well it's fine to reg if you use it for something else thn auctions lol..

Like giving away free banana's..

Comment #3

I'll take the flak, but here is the best piece of advice you will ever get here....

"Read My Sig"..

Comment #4

Other than "don't pee on the electric fence", that is.

In all honesty - you'd be hard pressed to use this as a vehicle for giving away free bananas - the name is just too specific.


Comment #5

Well, the site intents to use the ebay affiliate program... does this make any difference?..

Comment #6

I suppose it does make a difference. You would have strengthened their case against you. You have gone from owning a domain with an infringing mark to actually profiting from their trademark.

In your example you have chosen 1 of the most protective companies on the internet. They actively keep an eye on newly registered domain names and pro actively take steps to curb infringing domain names...

Comment #7

I has been proven, nothing will happen just peeing on it, but if you accidently touch..........

Comment #8

Apart from being a trademak infringement it's specifically against the ebay affiliate terms to have 'ebay' in the URL.

Also "Don't eat yellow snow"..

Comment #9

Or the brown snow if it is close to the yellow snow very near an electrical fence..

Comment #10

Hi, really don't waste your money.

I know. In the past I bough because I was selling streaming video that worked on ebay. Shortly thereafter, I received a nice letter making it known that I was in clear violation of their brand/trademark and if I put anything on the site they would pursue litigation. Looking back, it was a foolish name to register, and so I just let it drop.

Now that I have a few, not so well branded, trademarks of my own, I know that you can monitor these things and you basically feel/are cheated when someone uses a name that you spent a lot of time/sweat/money to promote.

I deserved the letter that I received and you will surely get a letter too, and no it doesn't matter if it is an affiliate program or if you bow down and say you love ebay; it's about brand protection and that is all.

Best of luck with your affiliate program!..

Comment #11


I can attest to this one as well - it doesn't kill you, but it scares your best friend for weeks.


Comment #12

I saw the third rail episode and that is what I based my theory on. I did not see the fence one, I wonder what the difference would be? But I stand corrected. No peeing on electric fence... check..

Comment #13

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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