Regarding my .com name and website name, is it necessary to copyrighted or file for a trademark?

Have any of you copyrighted or trademarked your .com name?

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AdelCheffi Premium
Good question and I think Glen gave you a good answer
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks, Adel! I agree.
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Hey Suzanne,
I don't believe so but that is a good question.

Tried and True

Elaine
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks! Interesting post by Legal Zoom.
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Glen B Premium
Hi Suza Marie,

I would say no at first. You might do a quick trademark search to see if you can trademark your name. In the future if your site becomes very popular and you have a name that is trademark worthy then you could go that route.

You always put a copyright at the bottom of your site. By Law when something is written, drawn, photographed, etc.. it is already copyrighted.

Legal Zoom Article on the topic:
https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/do-i-need-to-copyright-my-website

Hope this helps,

- Glen B
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SuzaMarie Premium
Very helpful, Glen!

I already did the trademark search on my .com name. So I know I can trademark it, just didn't know if I should do it right away.

I appreciate the info and the link. Thanks!
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Glen B Premium
My Pleasure SuzaMarie!

- Glen B
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Loes Premium
My 2 cents

When you want to trademark your name you also need to buy every other extension, dot org, dot net, dot whatever.

I understand that companies as CocaCola and Apple would do this.
For niche market domains, this has no use, and cost a lot of money
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SuzaMarie Premium
Once the site gets some traction, I'm going to buy the .org and .net anyway for a little peace of mind.

A long time ago, at least 10 years ago, a guy bought bestbuy.net. On the site, he completely trashed Best Buy. He told of his bad experience complete with pictures of being confronted in the store and then being tossed out.

So, with that story in mind and the fact that there are copycatters out there, I'll fork out the extra $25 or so.

Thanks for your input. I find your 2 cents to always be helpful. :)
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SuzaMarie Premium
By the way, the big box store Best Buy still doesn't own bestbuy.net. Crazy. It's owned by "internet's Best Buy Guide". It looks like the site hasn't been touched sine 2011.
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JamesJB Premium
Your 2 cents is brilliant...
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Robert-A Premium
Not really Suzanne, if its your own Domain name then its yours for life unless you sell it.
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks!
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Robert-A Premium
No probs, enjoy your Sunday and the week to come.
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