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    Default bought a domain name and now eBay is after me

    I just bought a domain name with the word paypal in it, and then I got an email from ebay last night. What should I do?
    This is the email they sent me:



    It has recently come to our attention that you have registered the domain name paypal-booster-system.com which mimics or contains the PAYPAL trademark. As you must know, PayPal, Inc. (“PayPal”), an eBay company, is the leading provider of online payment services. PayPal has extensively used and promoted the name and trademark PAYPAL since 1999 and registered it as a trademark in numerous jurisdictions around the globe, including the United States. PAYPAL is now one of the most famous brands around the world and enjoys broad trademark rights.

    We are concerned that your use of paypal-booster-system.com infringes and/or dilutes the distinctive PayPal trademark or constitutes cybersquatting, in violation of PayPal’s legal rights. Infringement occurs when someone, without authorization, uses a trademark that is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark owned by someone else. Trademark infringement occurs when this unauthorized use confuses consumers to falsely believe that the two parties are related to one-another, or that the true trademark owner is either endorsing or sponsoring the activities of the infringer. Trademark dilution occurs when the unauthorized use is likely to lessen the distinctiveness of the true trademark owner’s famous trademark. PayPal diligently protects its famous brand through court proceedings and complaints filed with World Intellectual Property Organization’s arbitration panel. Use of a trademark or domain name that mimics PAYPAL, or which is confusingly similar to it (e.g., a mark that uses a generic term with the distinctive PAL element of PAYPAL for services related to PayPal’s services, such as CASHPAL, MONEYPAL, PAYMENTPAL) violate PayPal’s well-established trademark rights and will not be tolerated by PayPal.

    Various countries around the world, including the United States, have enacted laws which protect brand owners against acts of cybersquatting. In the US, the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act provides for serious penalties (up to $100,000 ) against persons who use, sell, or offer for sale a domain name that infringes or dilutes another's trademark. Infringers who have been notified that their use is infringing, but do not cease, may also be considered “willful” and could be subject to additional money damages and liability for attorney’s fees. Having received this email, you are on such notice.

    While PayPal respects your right of expression and your desire to conduct business on the World Wide Web, PayPal must enforce its own rights in order to protect its valuable and famous name. We appreciate that you may have registered paypal-booster-system.com without full knowledge of the law in this area. Nonetheless, under the circumstances, we must insist that you stop using the domain name, not sell, transfer, or offer to sell the domain name to any other person, and simply let the domain name registration expire. You also must not register any other domain names that infringe the PayPal or eBay trademarks.

    Just to be clear, PayPal does not desire to interfere with any legitimate business you may be conducting. We are simply asking that you offer those legitimate services under a name, mark and domain name that is not likely to confuse consumers to believe that your company on one hand and PayPal on the other hand are related and/or affiliated.

    Please reply to this email and confirm that you will comply as requested. If we do not receive this confirming email, we will have no choice but to escalate this further and take whatever action that may be required to protect PayPal's trademark rights.

    Sincerely,

    Edith
    eBay Legal Department

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    What happened? What did you do?

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    Default Offer it for ssale to them

    If you legally purchased that name domain then I really dont think there is much they can do. It was an existing domain name and you legally purchased it. Tell them to go jump or offer them to buy it if there that worried. It would be cheaper for them to buy it them spend thousands of lawyers

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    I didn't even know ebay sold domain name through there online stores or their sellers... So what will you do now? keep us updated ok...

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    You'll have to get rid of the website and reregister a new domain without any copyrighted words in it. There are other sites in existence that use copyrighted names, but they're generally international and in countries where copyright law is iffy at best, and the large corporations can't do much to go after them let alone find them.

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    Default Don't Worry About It

    There are so many website urls that contain the word PayPal it isn't even funny. It sounds like eBay and PayPal are just trying to push you around. As long as the domain name was still available and you legally purchased it there's nothing they can do. I would just ignore the email and not worry about it anymore. You also might want to add PayPal and eBay to your block list for your email account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowicki2013 View Post
    There are so many website urls that contain the word PayPal it isn't even funny. It sounds like eBay and PayPal are just trying to push you around. As long as the domain name was still available and you legally purchased it there's nothing they can do. I would just ignore the email and not worry about it anymore. You also might want to add PayPal and eBay to your block list for your email account.
    As said above.

    At this current moment, you are totally within your rights to ignore their email and carry on as you wish. The chances of them pursuing it is very small and probably not worth the cost for them. Unless they start coming to you with proof that you cannot own this domain due to copyright blah blah then you are fine.

    Just another large corporation trying to push their weight around.

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    This domain has the word Paypal in it, so I don't understand how it is illegal to buy a domain with that word in it. I hope that you don't have to lose you site, and would love to know what happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanM View Post
    I didn't even know ebay sold domain name through there online stores or their sellers... So what will you do now? keep us updated ok...
    They don't sell domain names. He didn't buy it on Ebay.
    I wonder if this is true. How can this forum even exist if they don't take any criticism on a domain with their name in it? If they come after domain names so much, this forum probably takes the cake for being the most intrusive.

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    Yeah, I think someone wasn't paying attention. No, he didn't buy the domain from eBay, but they found out that he did, and basically sent him a cease and desist letter. I, too, wonder how this forum can exist if this is true. Maybe it is just a ruse, who knows?

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