vbnautilus, on Thursday, October 7th, 2010, 9:31 PM, said:
If someone owned the trademark for which you bought the domain would the term then apply?
No, because I do not own trademarked terms. That's for the most rookish of rookies who don't have a ****ing clue what they're doing. I own generic terms. For example, ebay.com is a trademarked term. auction.com is a generic. Microsoft.com is a trademarked term. Software.com is a generic term.Trademarked terms have no value whatsoever, save for whatever negative expectation they have in terms of lawsuits. As an aside, I do remember the old days, though, before the laws had been clarified and bang-on TM domains were regularly held hostage by domainers. I never participated in any of that, as I wasn't very heavily involved in domaining at that time, but I am a member of the 20th Century Club, in that I registered my first domain in the 1990's and have witnessed the evolution of the space as a participant. If anything, trademark holders are usually the ones who overreach in trying to get generic names. For example, Pirelli Tires tried to reverse-hijack zero.us from it's owner, because they released a tire called the Zero, that term trademarked for use in tires, and felt that the word "zero" now belonged to them. Disputes like this are resolved by what's called a "UDRP", which is the most schizophrenic, joke of a process you could ever imagine. There is no central standard, no real 'rules'. Everything is up to the whim of the arbiter and in so many cases, their decisions have been capricious as hell, basically amounting to double-talking jibberish. Some arbiters accept speculative domain ownership, others will rule against domain owners 100% of the time. Even with protest sites (for example, BPSucks.com, or whatever) are pretty much a coinflip, with some arbiters saying they're OK, others saying they're a TM infringement being used in bad faith. Really, the process is just so ridiculous and a classic example of what happens when there's no oversight into a proces. UDRPs can be overturned by the courts and they regularly are, but unless your domain is worth the kind of money that warrants a court fight, it can be a dicey process. For example, Uzi Nissan registered his last name in the early 1990's and has had to fight tooth and nail to keep it from the obvious counter-party who is desperate to own it, for pretty clear reasons. Anyway, trademarks, no.As far as owning another TLD, that's fair game in generics. If you own Chicago.net and I own Chicago.org, neither is liable to one another.