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Impersonation via e-mail (and other means, including website URL)

Impersonation via e-mail (and other means, including website URL)

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I know the remedies available to me when someone impersonates my domain name, content, website URL, etc.

My question is whether the same, similar or analogous causes of action exist when that someone also impersonates me by registering my personal name and domain name with the email providers, too? For example, [my domain name] @ gmail, yahoo, etc.
URL copyright?

URL copyright?

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I recently acquired a domain with the acronym 'ncaa' in it.
I sent a quick email over to the ncaa asking if they felt that the url alone would constitute a copyright violation. I told them it would be used to discuss college athletics, but there would not be any use of any NCAA logos or trademark phrases in the actual site.

I received a letter stating basically that they did feel it would infringe upon NCAA property rights, and that they want me to transfer the domain over to them ...
URLs a problem for trademarks?

URLs a problem for trademarks?

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I'm trying to name my new media business. I'm having a devil of a time trying to find a good name that hasn't been taken as at least a .com URL. Many times the taken URLs have nothing to do with either my business type or even any business you might logically associate with the name. And, of course, many are taken by opportunists who simply grab up names and create those slimey click-thru springboard pages.

So question #1 is: If a desireable name is taken as a URL, but not trademarked ...
Brand name usage in url

Brand name usage in url

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
The company I work for sells XYZ products online, via half a dozen or so URLs.  For some unknown reason, company XYZ doesn't want us to use their name in our URL even though nothing but products from XYZ are offered for sale, and the sole intent of having their name in the URL is to promote said products..

XYZ participates in no retail business.  All of our sites contain links to XYZ's home page, clearly indicating that we are NOT XYZ but rather a retailer of XYZ products.
Using my URL as a trademark

Using my URL as a trademark

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I own a Yahoo Group named after a word I created. The list has become exceptionally popular in my community, and I have since built a company out of it.
Since I created it in 2001, I have also acquired the .net URL, as well as some others in my country. In the meantime, one of those annoying affiliate program companies based in the Cayman Islands bought the name's .com (to cash in on my company's popularity), and a friend who hoped to work with me bought the .org.
The name is very dist...
Trademarking a name in current use as a URL?

Trademarking a name in current use as a URL?

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
There's plenty of discussion and precident about infringing on an existing trademark by including that trademark in a URL. But what about the other way around? Can anyone suggest the ramifications of trademarking a name that someone else is currently using as a (low profile) URL, yet they do not appear to have trademarked it (doesn't show up on TESS). By extention, if I successfully acquired that trademark, would I have the right to demand the current URL holder forteit the URL?

Thanks...
URL deceptively similar?

URL deceptively similar?

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I own the domain www.petsits.com for my group Professional United Pet Sitters.

Another organization that has been around for a long time has threatened to sue me today, because their website address is www.petsit.com .  Their federally trademarked name is Pet Sitters International.  

They have told me they are taking legal action because my address is deceptively ...
Authorized dealer allowed to use Trademark in URL?

Authorized dealer allowed to use Trademark in URL?

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I have been a dealer for ?particular product for over 10 years. For the purposes here, the company whose products I sell are manufactured by "Widget Corp". When I decided to sell their products on the internet, I purchased the domain "widget-products.com". I have received a letter from Widget Corporation telling me that I am in violation of their Trademark. We sell nothing but Widget products on our web site. Don't I have a right to use their trademark in my URL or domain ...
URL difficulties

URL difficulties

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I work with triangle beagle rescue of nc (TBR).  one of the founders quit just recently.  she tried to take the web site with her.  we were able to get the user account for the web site from her through the web hosting company, but they could not give us ownership of the URL (www.tribeagles.org) because it was registered with a different hosting company.  after talking to that company, we were told she registered it a...
trademark a URL?

trademark a URL?

In Domain Names    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I own a URL that a company claims is their trademark.

Here is an example:

I own time-magazine.com which is an online e-zine for current international news. In no way do I insinuate that I am associated with TIME magazine.

The lawyers at TIME magazine claim that the words "TIME Magazine" are trademarked and that I am not allowed to use the URL to direct traffic to a similar site.

If I bought the URL legally and I manage an "original" content onl...
Similar URL issues

Similar URL issues

In Domain Names    -  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 int...
Automatic Renewal for URL

Automatic Renewal for URL

In Domain Names    -  updated on 3/18/2013
Can I be billed autonatically every year for my url renewal?
URL and Domain rights

URL and Domain rights

In Branding    -  updated on 3/24/2013
Hawk Corporation begins making and selling motorcycles in 2000 under the mark "Hawk." Ten years later, Hawk.com, Inc., a different company selling medical equipment and supplies, begins to use "hawk" as part of its URL and registers it as a domain name. Can Hawk Corporation stop Hawk.com's use of "hawk"? If so, what must the motorcycle-maker show?