Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Nike Inc. Filing Suit Against Domains for Selling Counterfeits
It is about time someone did something about this. At least once a day we get emails or comments from readers asking us if certain websites are official. Because there are so many, it is hard for even us to keep up. Back in January, Nike officailly filed suit against 66 domains that are using the Nike Brand and selling counterfeit product. The lawsuit does not seek any financial compensation, though the company argues that the domains—using names such as NikeShoesInc.com, NikeObama.com, and Nike-Brand.com—are being used to sell unlicensed or counterfeit products with the company’s trademarks.
If convicted, the sites could be penalized in the range of $1,000 to $100,000 per infraction and have to surrender their domain names to Nike Inc. This suit was only filed after Nike attempted to contact the owners of thedomains and sent them cease-and-desist letters on November 25.
I for one am glad that Nike is getting involved to cut down on bootlegs. I understand that everyone has a hustle, but get your own and stop profiting off of someone else’s work.