Call to Arms: Combatting Trademark Infringement

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samtheman1337 Offline
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I was thinking, it shouldn't be too difficult to stop the worst of offenders, when they are using the word "Kodi" in their business name, it is direct trademark infringement to the highest degree and without even needing to question content, shouldn't be too difficult to get taken down. Enough with this madness, let's all do our part and get complaining!

Domain Name: In terms of trademark infringing domain names, the arbitration process seems to be quite simple actually. It is important to note that the domains below aren't simply squatting on domain names, they are actively associating Kodi with piracy through their domain name, and thus causing major damage to the Kodi brand. It would be quite simple for the XBMC Foundation to commence the ICANN dispute resolution process, both the ADR and WIPO provide arbitration forums at a simple cost, it actually wouldn't cost that much when it comes down to the number of offending domain names. Once a decision is reached, the offending domain name would be transferred directly to the XBMC Foundation.

See Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/help/dndr/udrp-en
See ADR Forum Dispute Resolution Fees: http://www.adrforum.com/UDRPFees
See WIPO Dispute Resolution Fees: http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/fees/

koditips.com
bestforkodi.com
kodiuk.tv
kodicommunity.com
xbmckodiaddons.com
kodiportugal.pt
tekto-kodi.com
kodiisengard.com
kodiwizards.com
kodim3u.com
kodimash.com
kodistreaming.blogspot.com
classic-kodi-skins.freeforums.net
kodi.com.hr
kodiuk.tv
mods-kodi.pl
kodielement.com
kodimaster.com
koditvfr.ga
kodi-xbmc.net
koditvdevices.com
kodiandroidtv.com
kodimediaportal.ml

Facebook doesn't want their network used for piracy, so if enough of us complain, these scamming Facebook profiles will be taken down for good.

See Facebook Abuse Reporting: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/284186058405647

https://www.facebook.com/KODISTREAMSLIVE
https://www.facebook.com/koditips
https://www.facebook.com/kodiprotodoenuno
https://www.facebook.com/kodimalaysia
https://www.facebook.com/kodicommunity
https://www.facebook.com/kodiportugaloficial
https://www.facebook.com/IPTV.PLAYLIST
https://www.facebook.com/Kodiaddonfixes
https://www.facebook.com/KodiTvGuy
https://www.facebook.com/Kodi-Tv-Xmbc-Tv...9133619725
https://www.facebook.com/Kodi-Configurat...0045710702
https://www.facebook.com/mundokodi
https://www.facebook.com/kodiuktv
https://www.facebook.com/Kodi-Builds-1609384972649225
https://www.facebook.com/KPieCustomBuilds
https://www.facebook.com/iptvkodixbmc
https://www.facebook.com/kodiwizards
https://www.facebook.com/kodimanuals
https://www.facebook.com/tamilKODITV
https://www.facebook.com/Kodi-Repositori...3953333398
https://www.facebook.com/Kodi.job
https://www.facebook.com/koditv.mexico
https://www.facebook.com/Kodi-Media-Cent...2693965787
https://www.facebook.com/kodi4u

Twitter generally follows American law, so they definitely don't want pirates killing a legitimate organization's trademark. Hopefully they'll listen if enough of us complain!

See Twitter Trademark Infringement Reporting: https://support.twitter.com/forms/trademark

@KodiCommunity
@KodiTips
@BestforKodi
@KODImediaportal
@AnimalsKodi
@kodiTVGuy
@DetectiveKodi
@GetKodi
@KodiLam
@kodi_koder
@KodiTech01
@1ChiefKodi
@SimpleKodi

edit from Natethomas: To keep this thread on track, we're going to primarily limit posts to either established posters or people who are helping with OP's topic. If you are here to argue or complain in some way, and are a new poster, consider starting or joining another thread.
(This post was last modified: 2016-02-11 23:25 by natethomas.)
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Just a reminder, if one does not defend their trademark, they can lose it. It would be a shame to toss away all the hard work in obtaining it.

MrMC Forums : http://forum.mrmc.tv
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+1 lets not forget YouTube violators, noobs start there.

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Apparently facebook only accepts complains coming from someone acting on behalf of the trademark owners (agent, lawyer,etc) so I guess not much can be done by any regular user.
If anything can be done by us, I am in.
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The Team needs to obtain legal counsel, preferably one that will work for rewards in judgement or settlement.
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FYI: Kodi can have all infringing youtube channels removed with a simple online form...

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There is a company where I live called Movienight.watch they sell google nexus boxes preloaded with kodi but put under a different skin, they sell these boxes for $200 and the box itself goes for about $60. I'm just curious if this is legal and if anyone here is aware of it
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Once you get a court order against any of the sites using "Kodi" in their domain name, you can request that Google remove it from search results entirely, a request they generally honor: https://support.google.com/legal/trouble...14905?rd=1

Read more about domain names dispute resolution here too: http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/index.html

This company does trademark enforcement with domain names: https://www.cscglobal.com/service/dbs/ud...e-recovery
(This post was last modified: 2016-02-11 06:06 by samtheman1337.)
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(2016-02-10 16:28)MrMC Wrote:  Just a reminder, if one does not defend their trademark, they can lose it. It would be a shame to toss away all the hard work in obtaining it.

To add to that. This forum is now full of "prove" that you have been made aware of A LOT of violators, basically since the US Trademark got through. However up till now, none of those links/sites/shops has been visually taken down.

Or let me put it otherwise. No prove of the Foundation defending the Trademark can be found.

Above I talk about "US Trademark", because last time I checked I have not found any other registrations for other regions. Yeah, some dodgy onces that has been mentioned, where a lot of "yeah our lawyers are working on it claims" have been made on the forums. Yet, they are still there. I really hope you guys do not pay those lawyers by the hour since then Big Grin


Anyhow; To get it clear once and for all, a question to the Foundation (or anyone involved and knows the answer)

For which regions is the Trademark registered?
(This post was last modified: 2016-02-11 10:44 by j1nx.)
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Thanks!

We are aware of these sites and the ecosystems growing on facebook and twitter too.

Our advice to any "fan" or 3rd party sites is to not use our name or logo.
(This post was last modified: 2016-02-11 10:47 by zag.)
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And we're taking actions right now. So those sites, youtube videos and ebay boxes shouldn't feel too save.
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(2016-02-11 11:03)Razze Wrote:  And we're taking actions right now. So those sites, youtube videos and ebay boxes shouldn't feel too save.

Could you please be so kind to update us on the progress within this thread? It make us feel like above efforts of the TS are not always in vain.
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(2016-02-11 11:19)j1nx Wrote:  
(2016-02-11 11:03)Razze Wrote:  And we're taking actions right now. So those sites, youtube videos and ebay boxes shouldn't feel too save.

Could you please be so kind to update us on the progress within this thread? It make us feel like above efforts of the TS are not always in vain.

It's hard to talk about details right now and other team members are probably better in relaying it, but I will try.
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(2016-02-11 11:27)Razze Wrote:  
(2016-02-11 11:19)j1nx Wrote:  
(2016-02-11 11:03)Razze Wrote:  And we're taking actions right now. So those sites, youtube videos and ebay boxes shouldn't feel too save.

Could you please be so kind to update us on the progress within this thread? It make us feel like above efforts of the TS are not always in vain.

It's hard to talk about details right now and other team members are probably better in relaying it, but I will try.

Understood, but like if any of above got pulled down. PLease come back, edit the first post and put the ones that got pulled down in strike-through font or something.

Also hope, some one could still take the opportunity to answer my question as well.
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I checked a few of the sites. Are you sure, these sites are infringing the trademark? I'm no lawyer but the fact that they use the word kodi and offer shady addons does not automatically mean they are infringing your trademark if I'm informed correctly.
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