Domain Name Laws

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    Domain Name Laws

    Are there currently any laws that can stop you from buying certain domain names? Perhaps names that some have deemed offensive or something like that? I'm just curious about whether or not they censor domain names like that.


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    No there are no laws pertaining to this but there are laws pertaining to trademark infringement. Although they do not prohibit you from registered trademarked domains, you could lose those domains or get sued as a result.
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    There have been some rather visible cases of people trying to either buy or shut down remains. I recall that some smart person registered a bunch of Meg Whitman domains because they just knew she was going to run for governor. That left Whitman to have to go after them, pay up, or get creative with her political domains.


 

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