GoDaddy.com, LLC ("GoDaddy") supports the protection of intellectual property. Whether you are the holder of a trademark, service mark, or copyright, GoDaddy is committed to helping you protect your legal rights. Therefore, we have established the following policies for considering trademark and/or copyright infringement claims.Domain Name Dispute Claims
Please refer to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the "UDRP") if you have a concern or dispute about a registered domain name. Any dispute regarding the registration of domain names will need to be sent either to the registrant, to an ICANN-approved arbitration provider, or the court system. Please review our Attorney Tips for more information about submitting copies of court and legal documents to GoDaddy.
This Trademark/Copyright Infringement policy specifically excludes domain name disputes and has been established to allow reporting of possible violations involving other GoDaddy products and services.Go Daddy Auctions and Premium Domain Name Dispute Claims
To notify GoDaddy that there has been a trademark violation regarding a domain offered for sale on GoDaddy Auctions or as a Premium Domain Name, please follow the specific instructions in (A) below for filing a trademark claim.
If you are responding to a complaint of infringement regarding a domain offered for sale on GoDaddy Auctions or as a Premium Domain Name, follow our Counter Notification Policy in (C) below.
To notify GoDaddy that there has been a copyright or trademark violation, please follow the specific instructions in (A) for filing a trademark claim, or (B) filing a copyright complaint.
If you are responding to a complaint of infringement, you will need to follow our Counter Notification policy in (C).
A. Trademark Claims
- If you (the "Complaining Party") would like to submit a trademark claim for violation of a mark on which you hold a valid, registered trademark or service mark (registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on the Principal Register or, for foreign marks, registered with the appropriate intellectual property organization of your country; state registrations and registrations on the Supplemental Register are not considered valid for these purposes), GoDaddy requests that the Complaining Party substantiate such claim by either: (i) filling out the form available ipclaims.godaddy.com, or (ii) providing the following information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The words "Trademark Claim" should appear in the subject line of the email. PLEASE NOTE: Filling out the online form is the quickest way to get your claim addressed.
To be considered effective, a notification of a claimed trademark violation must include the following information:
- The trademark, service mark, trade dress, name, or other indicia of origin ("mark") that is claimed to be infringed, including registration number.
- The jurisdiction or geographical area to which the mark applies.
- The name, post office address and telephone number of the owner of the mark identified above.
- The goods and/or services covered by or offered under the mark identified above.
- The date of first use of the mark identified above.
- The date of first use in interstate commerce of the mark identified above.
- A description of the manner in which the Complaining Party believes its mark is being infringed upon.
- Sufficient evidence that the owner of the website that is claimed to be infringing is a GoDaddy customer.
- The precise location of the infringing mark, including electronic mail address, etc.
- A good faith certification, signed under penalty of perjury, stating:
- The content of the website [identify website] infringes the rights of another party,
- The name of such said party,
- The mark [identify mark] being infringed, and
- That use of the content of the website claimed to be infringing at issue is not defensible.
- Upon receipt of the appropriate information identified in Section 1 above, for trademark claims, GoDaddy will initiate an investigation and forward the Complaining Party’s written notification to the alleged infringer. While GoDaddy is investigating the claim, GoDaddy, at its sole discretion and without any legal obligation to do so, may temporarily remove the allegedly infringing material from GoDaddy Auctions, notify the alleged infringer it will lock down the domain name(s), redirect the DNS, and/or if it is solely stored on a GoDaddy server, temporarily remove or deny access to the allegedly infringing material.
- If GoDaddy concludes that the Complaining Party has raised a legitimate trademark claim, it may, at its sole discretion and without any legal obligation to do so, permanently remove the challenged material from GoDaddy Auctions, continue to suspend the alleged infringer's GoDaddy account and/or if it is solely stored on a GoDaddy server, deny access to the allegedly infringing material. If GoDaddy concludes that the Complaining Party has not raised a legitimate claim, GoDaddy will restore access to the allegedly infringing material.
- The Complaining Party should understand that GoDaddy, an ICANN accredited registrar, and its customers are bound by the UDRP. Nothing in this Policy should be construed to supersede the UDRP, nor the obligation of GoDaddy and its customers to abide by it in the context of domain name disputes.