Business, Legal & Accounting Glossary
A combination of letters and numbers that identifies a specific computer or website on the Internet. A domain name usually consists of three parts: a generic “top-level” domain such as “.com” or “.gov” that identifies the type of organization; a second-level domain such as nolo or yahoo, which identifies the organization, site or individual; and a third level domain such as “www,” which is used to identify a particular host server. Domain names have various functions. They can serve as an address (whitehouse.com), as a trademark (amazon.com) or as an expression of free speech (presidentbushsucks.com). A domain name owner can stop another business from using the same name for its business or product only if the domain name is being used as a trademark. In other words, if you use your domain name in connection with the sale of goods or services and consumers associate the domain name with your business, you can stop another business from using it. On the flip side, trademark owners can stop others from using a domain name if it conflicts with their existing trademark.
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