Netvibes Ginger will bring a new battle for "domain" names ?


With the Ginger release coming for everyone and the possibility for anyone to choose his preferred Universe Name, there is a high risk of finding a lot of Coca-cola, Nike, Prada Universes... like what happened during the Internet Domain names war.

Of course Brand Names are subject to the Netvibes -Terms of Service (ToS) stating:

Conduct of Users:...
"...not to make available any content that you do not have the lawful right to transmit (including any content that would violate any confidentiality or fiduciary obligations you might have), that would infringe the intellectual or proprietary rights of any third party (including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, service mark or patent rights), or that would violate the right of privacy or publicity of any public or non-public persons;"

But what about Institutions like: Onu, Unicef, European Parliament or Public Names like: Carla Bruni, George Clooney, Barack Obama, ... ? Are they going to be available for an Universe name ?

Of course, Netvibes ToS has a prevision by which:

"In case of any violation of the above, Netvibes reserves the right to cancel or rename your account and/or to block you from accessing the Site as well as to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation, governmental request or partner request, at its sole discretion. Netvibes also reserves the right to block the distribution of Your Content or any Third-Party Content through the Service."

and also:

"Netvibes provides its users (“You”), for a non-commercial personal use, with a fully-customizable Site" but it will be difficult to check every Universe...

But it will be interesting to see what names will flourish... and if that could also be a source of revenues for Netibes.

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