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Domain names: If a company hasn't registered their domain name, can you do so?

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Answer #1 | 17/12 2013 17:48
I understand that you can register it but "Walmart" can get it just by asking for it because they own the trademark. "Bill's Drycleaner" may have more trouble.
Answer #2 | 17/12 2013 18:04
Yes, you can. But you also can get an lawsuit coming later because trademarks violations. And this will be much more expensive than you can ever think.
Answer #3 | 17/12 2013 19:57
In the very early days of the internet speculators were buying up major brand names with the hopes of making a killing in the future. To prevent such exploitation Cyber Squatting laws were enacted that prohibit buying names and holding them for hostage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersquatting
Answer #4 | 19/12 2013 01:12
Short answer - don't do it ;) You can register typos and trademark domains, but the moment your site goes live, expect all kinds of troubles. Some companies are going after such practices very aggressively and in the best case scenario you can expect to kiss your domain good bye.

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