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Hi:.

I need assistance or clarification from the experts. I received the following email from my account exec at Fabulous in response to my query why my domain "RealtorSanAntonioTX.com" was "de-catorgorized" and "de-indexed" and no longer displaying adds or even a parked page.

Hey Alan,.

My apologies for all of the inconvenience.

During a recent trademark review, it would appear the system has marked your domain as a potential trademark infringement, however, it failed to send the relevant notification.

My apologies again.

Regarding the relevancy of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS trademark registrations to your domain:.

REALTOR Reg. No. 519,789.

REALTORS Reg. No. 515,200.

REALTOR ASSOCIATE Reg. No. 1,323,913.

REALTOR with Block "R" Logo Reg. No. 1,137,081.

REALTOR.com Reg. No. 2,291,873.

My apologies for the inconvenience.

Kind regards,.

Name Removed.

Is this true? I just can't believe that every domain with the word realtor or realtors is infringing on this trademark. However I am new and that is why I have posted here. Any views or opinions are greatly appreciated. Additionally, rep added if anyone can assist me with a proper response to Fabulous.

Alan..

Comments (10)

It is trademarked,.

Theres a thread on here already with this infomation in it, let me find it for you...

Comment #1

Man, I didn't want to come across as a newbie, but I did big time. I should have searched the term before adding this post. I have done so now and see that I was mistaken and the term is in fact trademarked. I will cancel my domain today. Thanks for your help. Rep added.

Alan..

Comment #2

You can search the legal forums only for the term realtor and read plenty of threads...

Comment #3

Is this true?.

Yes it is..

Unless you are a Realtor and a member of the Realtor association.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

You are in breach of their trademark.

Cheers.

Corey..

Comment #4

Just become one... plus you can sell real estate & homes with it too.

Lol..

Comment #5

...and in order to become an NAR member, you have to agree to their member rules, which includes a detailed section on what you can and cannot register as a domain name...

Comment #6

Interesting decision for "realtors.biz" complaint denied! http://www.adrforum.com/domains/decisions/137218.htm.

On the ohter hand "realtor.biz" domain transferred! http://www.adrforum.com/domains/decisions/137212.htm..

Comment #7

WOW! Illustrates again how often UDRP cases are a crapshoot That's the decision one would reasonably expect - "realtor" is a strong mark, and while it's widely used, it's meaning has generally remained constant; referring strictly to members of the NAR.

Ron..

Comment #8

Gosh, it is the first time I come across it... and I'm shocked really.

I mean what? o_O..

Comment #9

There are significant differences between the two that time. But if NAR were.

To try again for realtors.biz, given it's current content, I'm sure results will be.

Quite different...

Comment #10


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