Similar URL issues

Posted by . updated on 2/3/2011
In 2001 I started a business XXXX YYYY Online and the URL was XXXXYYYYonline.com. I ran an

online auto parts store and competed at the track for 5 years. A competitor bought me out to

have me work for them and purchased (using a contract) XXXXYYYYonline.com and XXXX YYYY

Online. They were then the owners of www.XXXXYYYYonline.com and were responsible for upkeep of the domain.


They allowed the domain to lapse after 2 years since hey had their own URL and were not actually interested in maintaining my old URL.

Since since 2001 my online forum userid/name on all the auto forums I participate on has been XXXX YYYY. So, I purchased, with my own money and on my own time XXXX-YYYY.com (sans the online since it was snapped up by another

company in China). I used it for my personal image galleries, forums and such for 3 years, using my

own money to maintain the URL and hosting account.

After 5 years of working for the new company I was laid off/fired. This was 3 years after

purchasing and maintaining the new URL for personal use with the company knowing I had

purchased it and that I used it for my own personal site. They never questioned it, never

claimed or attempted to take ownership of it.

1 month after I left the company I received a certified letter from their attorney stating

the URL XXXX-YYYY.com is too similar to XXXXYYYYonline.com which they purchased and that I

need to turn it over to them. They have never registered the domain XXXXYYYYonline.com in

their name nor did they ever register the business name XXXX YYYY Online as they had/have

their original company name. They bought me out just to kill the competition. So all they

have is a contract for purchasing XXXX YYYY online and the URL XXXXYYYYonline.com of which they never registered. They have never used my old company name in any website or product branding It was 100% purchased and closed. They never used the name.

Do they have a right to take my URL?
Answers (2)
 
Chris Gordon
your question sound similar to the situation that I faced years back around mid 2005. As the service website from our panel which were at that time are running in partnership so due to some internal differing over some business we could not able to pay XX amount on time and the result is same as yours .

Well we have a close that project as the issue continued for years with no proper outcome.As it took much time to get whole matter resolved.

I do wanted to need to know more about it as I too has been in same situation.And their was not a proper solution to it. So looking forward for the replies. Could anyone suggest!

I am keen to know more about it.

Chris Gordon
info@paydayloansnofaxing.com.au
 
 
Sonali Phatak
As far as the domain names are concerned, the person who first registers the domain name, has a right to use it and is the owner of that domain name. Other people can own similar domain names but cannot own the same domain name which has already been registered.
 

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