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Protect Your Domain!

Register for Trademark Protection Today!

Don't you just hate it when someone sends out a run of spam and uses your email address as the return address? Or creates a domain which is intentionally and confusingly similar to your own domain so as to capitalize on your traffic?

If you own your own domain, and you use that domain in business, you don't have to take it anymore! Register your domain for trademark protection, and the next time someone spoofs your domain, sue them under U.S. Federal trademark law for trademark infringement!*

Federal trademark law is an effective way to stop spoofers and spammers in their tracks. Unlike most anti-spam laws, trademark law has the advantage of being well-established, well-accepted, and, most importantly, well-understood by judges. And Federal trademark law is available to everybody, not just agencies and ISPs!

Suing a spoofer or other infringer under Federal trademark law can allow you to get immediate injunctive relief (the Court will order the spoofer to stop immediately). Federal trademark law also has provisions for monetary damages, and sometimes will even allow for an award of attorneys fees! It can even help you find them (we'll talk more about that later)!

Hit Them Where It Hurts!

When someone counterfeits and infringes on your trademark, particularly where they have knowingly done it with the intention of confusing consumers and trading on your good name, the Court can order them to transfer any profits made as a result of the infringement to you. It can also order other damages, and sometimes even triple damages! And it may even order them to pay some or all of your attorneys fees.

But it doesn't stop there! Trademark law also allows you to sue anyone who has benefitted from the improper use of your trademark! This is known as either vicarious or contributory infringement. This is important, because when a spammer spoofs a domain, it is not always easy to find the spammer, who may well be overseas; but it is often fairly easy to find whomever is advertised within the spam - usually they have direct connections to the United States - and they are benefitting from the misuse of your good name as well! And as an added bonus, when you sue them, they will usually lead you directly to the original spoofing spammer.

Get Started Today!

We can help you! We can register your domain for trademark protection for you. And if your trademarked domain gets spoofed, we can tell you exactly what you need to do in order to find and sue whomever is spoofing your domain and benefitting from that infringement of your trademark. We can even help you figure out who it is that you need to sue! And when you're ready to file your lawsuit, we can help you find an experienced attorney (we always recommend that you use an attorney for this sort of matter, but if for some reason you cannot, we can also point you in the direction of sample paperwork to get you started on your own).

Death by 1000 Papercuts

There is a concept known as "death by 1000 papercuts". And this is it. With enough domain owners standing up and saying "We're not going to take it", and fighting back, spammers will have to stop spoofing, if not stop spamming altogether. In fact, we feel so strongly about this, that we have even registered our own domain for this service, "1000papercuts.com".

So join us, and take back the 'Net.

For more information, contact us here.

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