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I own a domain XXXXXXXmapquest.com Its a great name but there is no site up on it because I never got around to developing it. Its just a blank white page right now.

I had it parked at SEDO and SEDO took it down because of trademark complaints...Im assuming from AOL.

I got a letter from AOL's attorney and they are demanding I transfer the domain to them. They sent me examples of prior cases that AOL won against "cyber squatters" where the domain /img/avatar4.jpg had to pay AOL in excess of $100K in legal fees.

They have also told me that they will reimburse me $25 for the domain registration fees after successful transfer.

The law firm and attorney that the email came from is from a legit firm...or so it says the email is from this firm.

Should I transfer the domain? Can they win this case against me? Is it legal for them to DEMAND I hand over my domain to them or should they have to buy it from me only if I agree?.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. No, I haven't contacted an attorney. Just hoping someone on here would have gone through something similar to this...

Comments (5)

Thanks. I also should ad that the domain name is not actually XXXXXXmapquest.com....I just used the X's so it doesnt show up in google. Im sure most will get that but just wanted to make sure. lol..

Comment #1

Give them the domain for the $25. Dont try to sell it to them for more or try to hold on to it. It will just create more hectic and legal problems for you. If it violates a trademark, the company in which it violates almost 100% of the time wins. They have money for stupid legal battles.

If your not sure if violates a trademark or not, look for a domain lawyer or someone who can look up trademarks. (yes they exist) to validate that it does infact violate a trademark.

About 5 years ago a kid named Mike Rowe owed a domain MikeRoweSoft.com for his webdesign business. Microsoft picked up on it and tried to obtain the domain. Long story short Mke Rowe thought he could pull one over and tried to sell them the domain for $xx,xxx. Microsoft pressed further legal action and was he sued. I cant remember the exact legal outcome, but I do believe microsoft settled with providing him an xbox, some free software, and some other house gifts because they realised that this was actually a legit site for a 16 year old boy. Post added at 07:54 PM Previous post was at 07:53 PM yes we are all tracking that.. lol..

Comment #2

Agree with the other answers - give them the domain, take the $25, be glad you came out + $25 instead of -$100,000 and chalk it up to a learning experience.

Then do some reading on domains and trademarks. Start with some of the posts here...

Comment #3

Agree with all the above. Give them the domain and don't register anymore Tm's..

They will have screenshots of the Sedo parking page for the domain..

I rest my case your honour...

Comment #4

Are you serious? Of course you are violating a TM. Dump the name and hope you are not prosecuted under the Cybersqatting Act. Don't register TM names in the future. You make us all look bad...

Comment #5


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