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Trademarking & Domain Name hosting

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Hi,
I was wondering if anybody could help me out with this little problem I have.
I have a program I wish to sell and domain name I wish to register.
I have been told to trademark the name of my program so that no one else can use it as well as the domain name.Is this true?
And can anyone suggest where I might go about doing this as I live in Australia.
Also and other Ideas/Information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Dave Steers
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As far as I know it is so that once you have your own program you have the rights on that name of the program (if it is truly unique though).

For the webhosting you just need to check whether the domain already exists for which I always use http://www.vuurwerk.nl, but that's a dutch site, so probably not of use to you.

The domain name, however, will only be yours as long as you pay for it.

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CJ
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What country are you in?
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CJ,
What about these "Free-domain name hosters",if you register your domain name with them who owns the domain name,them or you?.

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Dave Steers
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They own it, but they let you use it. (They pay for it)

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CJ
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Fenman,
I live in Australia as I stated in my original question.

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Dave Steers
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So the only way to be reassured of owning a domain name is to pay for it.
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Yes :-)

Short answer, but also the only answer. That's also the reason why lots of companies buy thousands of url's, and sell them for a lot of money. For example microsoft.eu in the future.

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CJ
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Thanks CJ the points are yours.
Thanks also for the chat (delayed somewhat though).

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Dave Steers
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:-) Glad to be of service

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CJ
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Sorry...didn't notice that.

I know the Q has been answered and accepted but..

Trademark gives the most protection - only for the jurisdictions covered. International trademark protection is granted by treaty and generally enforceable. Copyright is variable protection depending on which country you are in. In some countries - to get copyright registered you need to lodge approx 12 pages of code that 'uniquely identifies your program. Patents are stronger than copyright but difficult to get on software, usually because software is deemed to be a methematical system and mathematics can be derived.

In some countries a domain extension exists for registered Pty Ltd or Ltd companies. In the UK for example .ltd.uk is a valid domain class. The domain registrar rules dictate that only the duly registered LIMITED company can register that extension. The company registration number is required as part of the process. The same applies to .plc.uk as well. I cannot remember what the position is in Oz as it is some time since I have lived there.

To summarize, the best protection in order (my opinion - not a legal one)

FOR YOUR PROGRAM
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Patent
Trademark
Registered Copyright
Claimed or Declared Copyright

FOR YOUR WEB ADDRESS
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.ltd.au (if this or its equivalent exists - I haven't checked)
.anything - as long as you pay the registration and maintain the registration and only valid for the countries involved.
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