We own the copyright but not the domain name

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by macmacman, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. macmacman

    macmacman UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We took out a copyright to a name after we couldn't get the domain name. The domain name isn't being used. Do we have any grounds to get it? Probably not?
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: macmacman Member since: May 31, 2007
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  2. APW

    APW UKBF Regular Free Member

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    You could find out who owns it and offer to purchase the domain from them?
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: APW Member since: Aug 17, 2015
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  3. StevensOnln1

    StevensOnln1 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Do you mean a trademark? Didn't think it was possible to copyright a name.
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: StevensOnln1 Member since: Dec 10, 2011
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  4. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Nope. Had a big US corporation try to get one of my domain names and despite all sorts of legals I was totally bombproof.
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  5. David White

    David White UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    Assume you are talking about Trademark and not copyright. Either way, if they owned the domain first then I'm not sure why you feel you would have any rights to it at all?
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: David White Member since: Jan 29, 2007
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  6. macmacman

    macmacman UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thanks, everyone. Sorry yes, a trademark. And yes I managed to contact them (before GDPR killed off Whois). They won’t get back to me.

    I just thought that it’s best to have a business use it then it be idle for years. Guess it’s the age old problem here.
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: macmacman Member since: May 31, 2007
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  7. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    They appear not to agree with your thought.
    Perhaps they are waiting for a suitable offer from you. Suitable as defined by them.
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  8. macmacman

    macmacman UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Yes, obvs.

    It's not so much that. Often people buy domains with the idea of doing something with them. Maybe starting a business idea, whatever. Everyone has their price, but often that's a high price for them to give up their dream of one day (never) doing something with that domain name.
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: macmacman Member since: May 31, 2007
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  9. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    There are also plenty of people who buy domains with the intention of selling them on for a suitable sum.
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  10. menetworkjadaltd

    menetworkjadaltd UKBF Regular Full Member

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    It's be pretty dumb if they don't get back to enquiries if they intend to sell them on though, don't you think?
     
    Posted: Feb 19, 2019 By: menetworkjadaltd Member since: Dec 14, 2011
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  11. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    If they noticed the email.

    You had confirmation they read it?
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  12. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    I know people who just use their domain name for emails.

    Another uses their hosting for storage only. The domain name is just a marker.
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  13. Nathanto

    Nathanto UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Absolutely none. One of the "grounds to get it" would be that they registered the domain to take unfair advantage of your name; however as they had the domain before you had the name that obviously could not possibly be the case.

    The only way to get it is to buy it from them.
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2019 By: Nathanto Member since: Mar 18, 2009
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  14. macmacman

    macmacman UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Exactly. There's not a lot of intention to sell it :-( So it's not a domain broker or a buyer/seller
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2019 By: macmacman Member since: May 31, 2007
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  15. macmacman

    macmacman UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Yes, I had one reply from them. Saying "what's this all about?". I think it's an older lady who had a rubbish business idea and doesn't really get domain names and how they work. She said something about trademark. I think she thinks she owns the trademark for it now she has the domain name and I am trying to scam her somehow. Frustrating. Bit like reassuring your Mum all her emails haven't disappeared. She's just minimized the screen.
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2019 By: macmacman Member since: May 31, 2007
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  16. macmacman

    macmacman UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Fair dos. But come on, I bet most of them aren't used. Be interesting to know. I'd say a good 40% of domains purchased are not used for any purpose. I'm guilty of exactly that! I probably have about 100 domains I own that i don't do anything with. I would be interested in selling them, but can't be bothered. Thanks to GDPR, it's impossible to be contacted about them anyway! I guess I could put a holding page on them all. Hmmm
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2019 By: macmacman Member since: May 31, 2007
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  17. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    That leaves you stuck then.

    Use a different domain.
     
    Posted: Feb 20, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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