The typo-squatter running "stackexchage.com" (note: no "n") puts the name "StackExchange" (WITH the "n") in a couple prominent places on their website. Are they violating Jeff and Joel's copyright/trademark/other intellectual property?

Here's a screenshot so that you don't have to visit their URL, artifically increasing its perceived value:


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    or stackxchange.com? – YOU Apr 4 '11 at 3:07
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    I bet they didn't even pay for that stock art. – user27414 Apr 4 '11 at 3:10
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    Of course, that cheesy stuff is available on all the free sites. Good point reminding everyone not to visit the site and encourage this crap. +1 for that. – jmort253 Apr 4 '11 at 4:12
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    From their "about us" page: "We've taken the confusion out of searching online, allowing you to find what you want in a timely manner"... riiight. – VonC Apr 4 '11 at 5:35
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    As far as I can tell, this is just a placeholder. The image-links are leading down to this: smartname.com/smartname – Time Traveling Bobby Apr 4 '11 at 7:05

Their use of the "Stack Exchange" trademark is blatant trademark infringement since they're using an identical mark for Internet services. SE could initiate UDRP proceedings against whoever owns the parked domain.

  • Yeah that top left logo is certainly trademark infringement (assuming SE has the relevant trademarks...you guys do, right?) – Ben Brocka Dec 19 '12 at 17:48
  • @BenBrocka: I don't think SE even needs a registered trademark for UDRP purposes, only if they actually intend to sue. – Mechanical snail Dec 19 '12 at 17:50
  • I find it interesting that the UDRP rules suggest that the act has to have been done in "bad faith." Trademark holders deserve protection regardless of the squatter's motivations. – user102937 Dec 19 '12 at 17:56
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    @RobertHarvey probably to reinforce protections like Parody; an identifiable parody does no harm as no one should be confused; typosquatting to drive advertising revenue is abusing confused users for profit – Ben Brocka Dec 19 '12 at 18:00

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