Sorry Ryan, but this article takes way to long to get to the point.
The content promised in the title only gets mentioned in generic terms. After reading the article in detail, it becomes apparent that there is a definite need to publish this content but also a need to summarise it better.
I will read the second part of this interview in the hope that it is a little more succinct.
Some internet gurus have taught that when creating multiple sites as subdomains, it is permissible to use say- facebook.your domain.com, or [some wellknown domain name].your domain.com/org/etc. The purpose of this is to drive viewers to your site by generating a higher google visibility without paying the pay-per-click cost associated with that keyword. My question is this: When subdomains/directories are set up in this manner, does this constitute a copyright infringement of a domain name?
A colleague of mine has been doing business in New Hampshire USA for years under a trade name registered with the Secretary of State. One of his competitors opened up a website with a domain name that is almost identical to the colleagues' registered business name (varies only by the addition of the letters "NH"), yet my colleague has been told by the NH Secretary of State that his competitor is fully within his rights to do this and to capitalize upon the apparent "taking" of my colleague's business name and reputation. Any harm done to my colleague by someone doing bad business under my colleague's business name is irrelevant as far as the secretary of state is concerned so long as consumers are not flagrantly abused.
@ctaylor - There is a distinction between what a Secretary of State will permit for state trade name registration and/or incorporation purposes, and what constitutes trademark infringement or cybersquatting. I would be happy to discuss if you would like more details.
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