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Web Address Identity

Monday, January 04, 2010
Q: I have a storefront and also sell over the Internet. I discovered a Web site using an almost identical URL as mine, and the company sells similar items. The only difference is that my URL is a .com, and the other company’s is a .net. How can I stop this business from using my Internet identity?

A: Your situation is not uncommon, but unless your domain name includes a trademarked identity (like Microsoft, for instance), it’s unlikely you can prevent the other business from using the name.

This is one reason why, when creating an Internet identity, it’s good to buy all the common URL names (.com, .biz, .net, .org, etc), even if you don’t use them. Because URLs are not regulated, anyone can purchase any domain name as long as no one else has purchased it.

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