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    Re: More trademark follies
    by Anonymous on Saturday May 26 2001, @08:11PM (#671)
    You would be quite foolish to do so, how much money do you hold, considering that multinationals such as AOL have the capital behind them to commence a very long and costly court battles!
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    Re: More trademark follies
    by hofjes on Tuesday May 29 2001, @10:09AM (#681)
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    No. Such action would probably constitute a trademark dilution (but probably not an infringement). Also, it would likely violate the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

    TLDs are not trademarks, but that does not mean you are free to use a trademark as a TLD.
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    Re: More trademark follies
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 31 2001, @05:26AM (#699)
    Yea, but when the abbreviation for the company is BIS versus .BIZ - these are who different items. The way BIS is pronounced doesn't make any derviation on the spelling a trademarked name. Have they used the spelling "BIZ" as their name in a commerce situation. No.

    What you mention .ebay or .aol are actaully the trademarked names of the company.

    However, I do understand the argument of possibly opening up the door.

    Some time ago, Beretta Arms sued General Motors for using the name Beretta for a Chevy car model. The courts ruled that a reasonable person would not confuse a Chevy Beretta with a Beretta gun.

    TheGlobalMind.
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    Re: More trademark follies
    by Anonymous on Friday June 01 2001, @10:19AM (#714)
    Well, if AOL or EBAY were highly descriptive designations (as is BIZ for business, or INFO for information), you'd be right. But they are not; they are completely arbitrary terms. Your analogy, therefore, is flawed.
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