Can Apple sue me if I use the word Mac in my URL?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by funpolece, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. funpolece macrumors newbie

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    If my website's name is MacAppReviews.com can Apple sue me?
    MacRumors is still alive so I assume it would be okay?

    Here is what Apple has to say about using their trademarks

     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    MacWorld.com has been up and running for a long time.
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    They'll do the worst thing they can do: Monitor your MacRumors account and purposely not put in Mac hardware updates that you want. If you are begging for a backlit keyboard in the MBA, there won't be any backlit keyboard in the MBA. If you want the OD removed in the MBP, the OD will remain in the MBP. If you beg for an iPod Classic update the iPod Classic will be discounted.

    Then you will cry.
     
  4. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a

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    You should be fine. I suspect that they are really just protecting themselves against people releasing products with the same name as theirs with a big blanket statement to avoid any ambiguity.

    In reality, they aren't going to mind a fan website.
     
  5. Dorkington macrumors 6502a

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    Can they sue you? Of course they can. They can sue you for any reason they want.

    Would they win such a lawsuit? [NOTLEGALADVICE]Probably not.[/NOTLEGALADVICE]
     
  6. Ommid macrumors 6502

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    I doubt they would sue you, alot of domains have mac.
     
  7. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020

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    Umm MacRumors has been running for quite a while so...
     
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    As long as your website is about macaroni and cheese, you should be fine.
     
  9. wvuwhat macrumors 65816

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    I'm pretty sure they'd take your site down and revoke your right to use the internet for the rest of your life, or 40 years, whichever comes soonest.
     
  10. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    40 Years? Didn't you read the latest Internet Sentencing Guidelines... the penalty is now 85 Years + 6 Months for violating the Apple Internet Agreement in Mac OS X....
     
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Yep! American law say that anyone can sue anyone for any reason (I think technically it has to be for more than $20 in damages). I doubt they'd win, but yes. They can sue you.
     
  12. rookiezzz macrumors regular

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    well, our MACrumors website still here.. so i wonder why? and how? if you're helping their customers, they should be the one who need to say thanks to you :D
     
  13. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Yes, but I'm sure Apple doesn't much like un-official rumors being leaked about their products, which is what this site is based on.
     
  14. Melrose Suspended

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    MacRumors, MacHeist, MacWorld, MacAddict, etc etc.

    Go for it. Some companies are lenient, some aren't. Twitter and eBay, for an ie, are very particular about it.
     
  15. steadysignal macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for the code delineating the notlegaladvice...

    anyone can sue anyone at anytime. frivolous comes to mind in many cases...
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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  18. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    They'll even sue you if you have an "i" anywhere in your url! :D
     
  19. bergert macrumors regular

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    Wait ... iVomit and iWindoze are still not registered.
     

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