In yet another case of “when trademarks go bad”, Digg has shutdown DiggGames.com for trademark infringement. This is yet another reminder to Pliggers to NOT use the word Digg anywhere in their domain or site. We have seen a similar move from when Digg.de (no longer around, but here’s a demo video) began redirecting links to Yigg.de. Yigg.de supposedly never came under any legal threat from Digg because Digg at the time had no trademark registered in Germany. Yigg has since changed much of their template to further itself from Digg and now sports a grey and orange template.
DiggGames.com’s trademark trouble is a bit of a surprise to me. The site is used only to promote games that are dugg on digg.com, but the style of the site is nothing like Digg. Not that you have to spell out your name and look like digg to get sued, but I would think that having no impact on digg.com would decrease your legal exposure. I remember an instance of a Chinese site using Pligg to create a Digg look-a-like in Chinese using I believe Digg.cn as their domain name, but that domain seems to no longer resolve. I have also seen several Pligg sites using the word “digg” in their domain, so this blog post is dedicated to the handful of you who might want to find yourselves a new domain name because Digg is on the lookout.