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Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by BamaStangGuy, Dec 6, 2011.

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  1. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    So I was able to grab a great domain, albeit a very risky domain name. Figured it would be worth using xenForo on so I could get used to it.

    http://www.espnforum.com/

    I guess I'll find out how protective ESPN is of their trademark haha.
     
  2. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    It's easy on the eyes, a nice style you have there :)
     
  3. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    heh.
    You'd best write a disclaimer that you are not directly affiliated with ESPN.
     
  5. Mike Law

    Mike Law Active Member

    If I was to visit your forum looking for sports discussions, I would prob leave as nothing indicates (other than the possibly tm name) that its about sports. I would invest a little bit into a kick-but header design with sports elements, and small sports icons for the categories.

    Good luck!
     
  6. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    Yea, that will happen eventually. I just wanted to get something up and see if I was going to get slammed by ESPN before I invested a lot of money into it lol
     
  7. Mike Law

    Mike Law Active Member

    .... nvm
     
  8. robdog

    robdog Well-Known Member

    Definitely do not waist to much time on that site. (or change the name) You will get a C&D real quick. Would be like me starting googleforums.com
     
  9. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    It is not so cut and dry. It all depends on the company.
     
  10. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    ... and also depends on the intent (non-profit fan site versus for-profit commercial site).
     
  11. Mike Law

    Mike Law Active Member

    Your right, it might not happen soon!
     
  12. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    ESPN could very well come after the domain. I've seen a lot of each angle from these corporations smart ass. I have had a family member be sent a certified cease and desist from CrockPot that was never acted on. I run one of the largest Ford Mustang web sites on the web using their trademarked name in my domain. I know people who use Ford in their domain and have run their sites for over a decade now.

    So like I said, it depends on the company. ESPN will probably be the exception to the above but it isn't going to stop me from feeling it out for 15 dollars. The software and any design I create for it can easily be adapted to a different domain in the future.
     
  13. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    Yes, this is the cut of for Ford. Fan sites are fine but selling merchandise is not. One of the largest Mustang parts websites is AmericaMuscle.com which used to be MustangParts.com. Had to change the name due to Ford coming after them.
     
  14. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    Oh and I have actually been called by ESPN representatives before. I purchased a domain name that Charles Barkley mentioned on PTI one day. I didn't give it back to them and they never called again. So who knows what will happen.
     
  15. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

  16. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    Those are all from 2000. Anything more recently?
     
  17. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    Dunno. I just did a quick Google of "ESPN trademark in domain names" and that was the fist result that came up.

    here is one Sep 2011. The domain name at issue is <espnpokerclub.com>, registered with Korea Information Certificate Authority Inc d/b/a Domainca.com.

    http://www.technologyadr.com/decision-library1/2011/9/19/espn-inc-v-minsung-kim.html
     
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  18. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that.
     
  19. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    i can't visit the site anymore
     
  20. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Well-Known Member

    It has been moved into the new SECFootballForums.com site. This thread can be closed.
     
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