I just registered a .IT domain through GoDaddy with success. After a few days I get this email and I'm not sure if it's a fake/phising one or not. I'm normally pretty skeptical and delete the email but GoDaddy forwarded this on to me as the domain is registered by proxy.
Now I was thinking it was legit and the only two requirements to fulfil is that I have to be a resident/citizen of the EU (I'm a citizen) and that I have valid claim to the domain name without infringing trademark. I got to this point in the email;
And I started to question the legitimacy. Not only am I supposed to get a written form from Nikon but I also have to do it in less than 48 hours.
Has anyone had the same thing happen to them for an .IT domain?
This is why I do not register domains with s***** overseas registries, had some similar a while ago with some Asian company claiming I stole their domain name, I told them to screw themselves and never heard from them again...
I see the Asian one all the time which is just obviously fake. I don't know of any Australian registrars that do .IT so went with GoDaddy.
I tried to register a few .it domains recently but ran into a brick wall with the Italian/Euro citizen thing.
In other domain name news I have some pretty good .xxx domains, haha. Waiting for them to become more popular. There is a bit of extra bureaucracy to go through with those than a normal .com or .com.au.
Nikon is claiming they own the trademark of the domain name in Europe so are you infringing with your chosen name? Only you can tell us that and that's pretty much the only way anyone here can give you advice. Does the domain contain Nikon in it or any of their product names? Maybe do a trademark lookup in EU and see if they do have a right to that name.
Godaddy forwarded the email automatically so they have nothing to do with it. Any email sent to the privacy address will just get sent to the registered email.
Trademark infringements (for domains) get sent all the time via email. I highly doubt they are phishing but are trying to get the domain off you but might be trying to scare you to hand it over. If you are breaking their trademark then they do have a right to the domain and I'd be careful how you handle it. Ignoring them isn't wise.
what's the domain you registered?
The domain is fotoshare.it
Seems legit that they have a trademark on the name for some software package they have which is a bummer, shame that the steps to register weren't clear on trademark infringements (and checking them) before proceeding.
Edit: I found a european trademark lookup site that has the trademark of "Nikon Fotoshare" and not just "Fotoshare". The class items are also different to what the site will be used for so I'll send an email highlighting this and asking for clarification why it infringes their copyright.
Don't reply, send an email to Nikon directly clairfying it. That way you can sort out phishing and also if it was real you can still say you tried to contact nikon in the case it was legitimate.
If nikon really wanted it they would have had the money to have purchased it.
Agree with skythra.
I wouldn't do anything in fact.
If you're not doing anything with the domain name (other than owning it) then it seems impossible to be infringing on copyright. Seems ridiculous. As for "right to a name" I don't know enough about that - but knowing the EU and how social it is generally, and the fact the claimaint is Japanese, I wouldn't do anything at all.
as the guy who looked after all of heineken global domains I can tell you that the only claim they have is if they registered fotoshare as a trademark in Italy.
If they did then you have no leg to stand on and will need to surrender the domain.
Do you have a trademark on the name?
If you're not doing anything with the domain name (other than owning it) then it seems impossible to be infringing on copyright.
having nothing there is just as bad as having something there.. especially if its an exact match trademark
the worst case if if you have something there which is cashing in on the trademark
I have dealt with most countries - Italy is easy to claim trademark, the harder ones are eastern european countries.. Macedonia being prob the hardest I have had to deal with
Why on earth would you even try to register a domain using the name of a well known companies software or whatever?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_vs._MikeRoweSoft Because sometimes the larger companies aren't in the right
The trademark comes up as being European, although it's for the full "Nikon Fotoshare" and not just "Fotoshare" by itself.
You wouldn't and I wouldn't have if I had any idea it was trademarked by anyone.
Turns out the proxy company ended up taking control over night before their original deadline and ended it with a "Tough s***" type response. Will see if GoDaddy are likely to refund the registration fees.
i've got a Nikon camera
i love to take photographs
so mama don't taaaake my kodachrome away
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_vs._MikeRoweSoft Because sometimes the larger companies aren't in the right
A settlement was eventually reached, with Rowe granting ownership of the domain to Microsoft in exchange for Microsoft products and training.