Call to Arms: Combatting Trademark Infringement

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zag Offline
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(2016-02-11 13:07)DarkHelmet Wrote:  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.

This thread could be 10 pages long before breakfast discussing that topic Wink

In reality the trademark is simply required to show the foundation owns the name, and can be used in takedown requests if required.
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(2016-02-11 13:07)DarkHelmet Wrote:  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.


haha, who are you to be checking?

i think you maybe scared of the action that is going to be taken. i love this thread... thanks to OP for creating this and getting the ball rolling
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(2016-02-11 20:59)bhatti15 Wrote:  haha, who are you to be checking?

i think you maybe scared of the action that is going to be taken. i love this thread... thanks to OP for creating this and getting the ball rolling
What an odd comment. Frown
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It has come to my attention that the following law firms specifically market their services for domain name trademark infringement protection, your case seems to be quite straight forward in the case of the sites above, they use the word Kodi in their domain names so it's open and shut, shouldn't be too expensive:

http://www.dnattorney.com/

http://www.ilawco.com/practices/domain-name-law

http://info.revisionlegal.com/domain-dis...al-landing

http://www.digitalbusinesslawgroup.com/domain-lp.html

http://www.traverselegal.com/domain-disputes/
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you say shouldn't be too expensive. all those sites have to do is change domains slightly. it would be a non stop battle.
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Let's start with: https://www.tva$$ons.ag/

typical schneegans they removed the top bar the states the site is not official, and are back to their old games... using the Kodi name all over the site!

It's clearly designed to mislead users... all this while asking for donations and handouts... shameful profiteering!
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Especially with final around the corner. That seems to be when they pander hard for donations.

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(2016-02-11 22:38)Lunatixz Wrote:  Let's start with: https://www.tva$$ons.ag/

typical schneegans they removed the top bar the states the site is not official, and are back to their old games... using the Kodi name all over the site!

It's clearly designed to mislead users... all this while asking for donations and handouts... shameful profiteering!

That is unfortunate.
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Although I agree to what is being said in principal, how easy or practical is it in real terms? After all you don't see Apple for example closing down fan sites which have the word iPhone in the url.
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(2016-02-11 22:59)metalkettle Wrote:  Although I agree to what is being said in principal, how easy or practical is it in real terms? After all you don't see Apple for example closing down fan sites which have the word iPhone in the url.

We are not talking about fansites, we are talking about sites that hurt the brand/trademark.

Fansites support the foundation... not piggy back off the name while profiting off of illegal plugins/streams.
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(2016-02-11 23:12)ThinkHard2 Wrote:  Makes total sense attack the hand that feeds you for the past 6-7 years.

Kodi will become the new great Windows Media Player. Blah.

Just my opinion hate it if you wish.

Love posts from new accounts... scared to post on your regular account?

That's about all you will get from me, troller
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RI'd say a website containing the word iPhone who's main purpose is to distribute and advertise cracked app store apps would be pretty damaging to apple in reputation and financially?

Just my thoughts. Apple must chose not to bother for one reason or another.
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TVA was omitted from my list because it enters the realm of more debatable trademark infringement, so it gets more difficult to enforce, whereas sites that have the word "Kodi" in their site name are open and close issues. Having the word "Kodi" in a site name is far worse than simply operating a fan site offering questionable content, from a legal perspective that is.
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I'm not so sure. The word is just a word. Otherwise words like :
Apple
Windows
Hoover
Tippex
Intel
Microsoft
Would never be allowed to be used in any websites relating to the product in question.
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(2016-02-11 23:24)metalkettle Wrote:  RI'd say a website containing the word iPhone who's main purpose is to distribute and advertise cracked app store apps would be pretty damaging to apple in reputation and financially?

Just my thoughts. Apple must chose not to bother for one reason or another.

If the site was getting enough attention then apple would shut it down... they're not going to go after every little site.

IMO a strategic strike against the sites with the most users would be beneficial, Youtube, Twitter and Web... get a follow count and start there.

(2016-02-11 23:30)metalkettle Wrote:  I'm not so sure. The word is just a word. Otherwise words like :
Apple
Windows
Hoover
Tippex
Intel
Microsoft
Would never be allowed to be used in any websites relating to the product in question.

It's a matter of proving damages...

::IE:: Amazon denying Kodi into the marketplace can be a form of proof.
(This post was last modified: 2016-02-11 23:35 by Lunatixz.)
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