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    Quote Originally Posted by Market Junction
    Either you misunderstood me or I am misunderstanding you. Let me try to clarify. Just because someone is an affiliate doesn't mean they can use the company's trademark, content, etc without permission. Play United will have favor with the court, because he is using their trademark and trying to get visitors to think he's Play United.
    We're on the exact same page. I don't think the OP would have a snowball's chance of winning any sort of trademark infringement fight.

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    He wouldnt stand a chance of winning any domain fight.
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    Registrar companies have their terms and conditions. Their customers must comply with trademark and copyright laws. Therefore, we're not talking about a lawsuit, but a simple procedure. playunited will complain to the registrar and probably get the domain for quite a low fee.

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    That is true Laurent, but in the US for instance, they would also have the right to sue for damages, profits lost, and legal fee's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurent
    Registrar companies have their terms and conditions. Their customers must comply with trademark and copyright laws. Therefore, we're not talking about a lawsuit, but a simple procedure. playunited will complain to the registrar and probably get the domain for quite a low fee.

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    If they complain to domain authority it would cost them at least
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    dont know much of.

    Thanks for the concern though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dehghan
    If they complain to domain authority it would cost them at least
    6K, so please get your information before replying something you
    dont know much of.

    Thanks for the concern though.
    Is there a reason to be so rude in your reply to Laurent?

    When it comes to threads involving legal questions, every reply will basically be opinions based upon a combination of knowledge, experience, supposition and conjecture. YOU asked the question to begin with, so clearly you are not well-versed on the subject, so to tell another that they should not reply is not exactly fair, IMO.

    Bottom line: If you are looking for legal advice, contact an attorney. If you're simply looking for input, that's exactly what you're getting.
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    Clearly you should sell right away. Why risk any legal trouble. And, what would be the purpose of holding out when they can just close down your affiliate account. What are you going to do with the domain and a site that looks just like Play United when you don't make any money from promoting it. On another note, you should not be putting all of your eggs in one basket and only promoting one casino program anyway, it just doesn't make great business sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greedygirl
    Is there a reason to be so rude in your reply to Laurent?

    When it comes to threads involving legal questions, every reply will basically be opinions based upon a combination of knowledge, experience, supposition and conjecture. YOU asked the question to begin with, so clearly you are not well-versed on the subject, so to tell another that they should not reply is not exactly fair, IMO.

    Bottom line: If you are looking for legal advice, contact an attorney. If you're simply looking for input, that's exactly what you're getting.

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    Here is the way I look at it ...

    What was the "intent" behind you buying those domains?

    I beleive that it was to maximise your affiliate relationship with PlayUnited - by scoring great search engine results through the name of the domain.

    Now like it or lump it - THAT PROBABLY IS INFRINGING ON THEIR RIGHTS - unless they give you the OK to do that.

    However, their threat to "get legal" with you is a lot of bluster - they probab ly don't want to do that. But what they will do is terminate your affiliation - leaving you with no reason to own the site.

    That's lose / lose ... so we need to avoid that.

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    So my approach would be ...

    You could try and get into a friendly discussion with PlayUnited about :
    - what a great affiliate you are
    - how the site has been set up for the pruposes of getting them new customers
    - how it is a win/ win scenario for them to allow you to continue.

    You never know - this approach might actually work !!


    Failing that (if they knock you back) ...

    You could tell them how hard you've worked on the site - all the planning that you've put into it - and how there is a lot of sweat equity in there from you.

    Add that you'd be willing to forego the site (and future earnings) if they want to make a reasonable purchase offer for the site and content that reflected all the time that you put in as an affiliate of theirs.

    Now the key here is to not be too eager or too greedy - you'll know how much money that you are making off the site in affiliate referrals ... and a reasonable price might be 12-18 x monthly earnings.

    They get a great earning site with no referral hooks, you get 18 months referral fees in a lump sum ...

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    Again that's just my two cents on how I would handle this situation ...
    Good luck mate.
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    Did you not see my post? Just make a deal and promote the site you intended to profit from in the first place, this is not rocket science.

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