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July 30, 2011, 09:06:24 AM
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i wonder what they'd say if you kind of did something opposite:

register lowestscumoftheuniverse.com and redirect it to paypal.

no trademark issue, right?


Might be considered a form of defamation, slander or libel?

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July 30, 2011, 03:05:38 PM
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i wonder what they'd say if you kind of did something opposite:

register lowestscumoftheuniverse.com and redirect it to paypal.

no trademark issue, right?


Might be considered a form of defamation, slander or libel?


Is it defamation, slander or libel if it's true?

Not in this case because
1. Since it's not possible you have surveyed the entire universe, the claim cannot be true. Might had been different if you used lowestscumofthepaymentgateways.com
2. You'll need to provide evidence that they had been scummy; protecting possibly dubious buyers interest, to the detriment of legit buyers may be poor business practise or poor PR, but not necessarily scummy.

I think something like MostBrainDeadRulesInOnlinePayment.com might be a better option Cheesy

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July 31, 2011, 05:14:34 PM
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They can take your domain if you're not actually going to do anything with it.

If you wanted to setup a anti-paypal site and exercise your free speech rights, you surely can do that. But if you're just going to sit on the domain and redirect it elsewhere, they have a case of "bad intent" against you and can take your domain from you simply through the registrar (I hope you didn't register it someplace dumb like godaddy).

I've gotten these letters before, and if you aren't going to do anything with the domain then just hand it over and chalk it up to experience.


Not quite that easily. butttttt.



To be on the safe side put a pause on your redirect and add a small disclaimer to the site, "This is a sattire or other such free use information site, etc, that is under construction.  In the mean time it will redirect you to blah.com" or whatever else.

No, it doesn't really work that way. If you're not going to actively use the domain, you're just considered a squatter and a simple UDRP letter to your host and registrar willk get you shut down pretty quick.

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July 31, 2011, 05:15:11 PM
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Ignore them.
Best thing to do.

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July 31, 2011, 05:16:26 PM
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PayPal are criminals and it's only because of stuff like this they are so powerful.
You only make it big in the corporate world if you know how to be an a-hole.
Ignore their flimsy email full of baseless threats and keep the damn domain.
They can't demand that you simply let the domain expire, don't be scared of them.

Ignore them.
Best thing to do.

Please don't do either of these, you are opening yourself up to liability.

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July 31, 2011, 09:07:11 PM
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Please don't do either of these, you are opening yourself up to liability.

No you're not.  Either you're liable before they sent the email or you weren't. Your response to the email (even ignoring it) doesn't change your liability.

And if you believe you're not liable, then ignoring the email may be the very best thing you can do. In fact, responding to it could change your liability whereas ignoring it cannot. The reason being, in responding to it you could admit something that could affect your standing, if what you say could be interpreted to show your intent to use the domain to profit from their trademark, for example.

Usually in life, when somebody says, "I'm gonna sue you", the best thing to do is to ignore it, because if they really were gonna sue you and had a leg to stand on, they wouldn't threaten you, they would just sue. Most of the time when someone threatens you legally it's because they DON'T have a case, yet many people will capitulate to a cease-and-desist letter even if they don't have to.

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August 02, 2011, 05:23:35 AM
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A trial by jury is the best thing to do, see you guys in the court. LOL  Cheesy

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