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Is it legal to use bitcoin in a domain name? not a sub domain but in the main domain name.

Thanks in advance.

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What do you mean 'in' a domain name? A domain name which contains the substring 'bitcoin'? Buying a domain name with bitcoin? Putting a bitcoin address on a website? –  Pieter Wuille Jan 27 '13 at 21:08
    
@PieterWuille like bitcoinShop.com so the main domain name has the word bitcoin in it not a subdomain like bitcoin.example.com –  incoe Jan 27 '13 at 21:21
    
Why would that be illegal? Is is not allowed to have a website with the name dollar in it? –  Pieter Wuille Jan 27 '13 at 21:22
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@PieterWuille just wanted to make sure cause its based on MIT license and opensource but the name it self might be registered for some reason. Thanks for your help Pieter :)) –  incoe Jan 27 '13 at 21:27
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To date, no entity has trademarked word "Bitcoin" in the US. This means that it's highly unlikely that any US entity would file against your domains under the ICANN Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.

There was a servicemark application for Bitcoin, but it was abandoned in July 2011.

Related trademark applications

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Thanks for the details :) –  incoe Jan 28 '13 at 2:36
    
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