If you have an idea (a great idea) to create a website that allows visitors to watch and share YouTube videos together with their friends, you should consult an attorney to figure out how to embark on the venture without stepping on anyone’s toes. The last thing you want to worry about in a start-up phase are potential lawsuits, especially based on trademark infringement. It could end up costing you a lot of money to correct, multiple headaches, and complete loss of any brand awareness/image/loyalty.
As you may have guessed, Google, on behalf of YouTube, has sent multiple requests that the aforementioned website be turned over. The URL is YouTubeSocial.com. The founders of the service should have been presented with a huge caution prior to ordering the domain name and subsequently developing and marketing the website.
There is absolutely no argument that YouTube has valid protectable trademarks. I also do not think it will be tough for Google to prove that the use of YouTubeSocial.com creates a likelihood of consumer confusion in commerce. TechCrunch reports that Google has made the following demands: Read more “Google Not Pleased With YouTubeSocial.com”