Would it be illegal or just rude?
January 2, 2012 4:24 PM Subscribe
What are the legal/copyright/douchebag implications (if any) of registering a domain name that is already a username on a free blogging platform? Yeah, yeah, you're not a lawyer...
posted by nataliedanger to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Just for curiosity's sake:
For instance, if someone wanted to register www.asdfjkl;.com to use for their personal website, but there's already a www.tumblr.com/asdfjkl; or www.asdfjkl;.wordpress.com?
My first thought is that it'd be best to ask the "owner" of that name if they'd mind, but then they'd probably want to "sell" it or get some kind of compensation for letting you use it.
The other thought I have is that there are so many millions of usernames floating around, there is bound to be some overlap.
If the blog or whatever is mostly inactive, I don't really see what the problem would be- but I'm curious to know if that person would have any reason to send a cease & desist, or sue, or just throw a hissy fit.