DiggGames.com Shut Down by Digg

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.

See the legal correspondence documents: Page 1, Page 2

3 thoughts on “DiggGames.com Shut Down by Digg

  1. Digg is not an unique idea. It is really too much based on other’s previous ideas.

    I think that shuting down another site just because it calles it self DIGG (that is a common english word by the way) is the same style of action that Microsoft take against others with is “Windows” trademark dispute.

    Digg is abotu everything and nothing. Why can’t someone else have a Digg site about GAMES?

    If DiggGames used the logo (or made a new logo too much based on Digg’s one) then I see where is the Trademark infringment and I agree. Anything else is the common bullying done by american corporations over other smaller companies.

    One example of this was the case Microsoft vs. Lindows (now Linspire) where Lindows quit using the name not due to loosing any case against Microsoft but because Microsoft was seeing that they were loosing it so they decided to attack Lindows distributors in Europe.

    In Portugal, Microsoft Corporation is called MSFT, Ltda because, guess, there was already a Microsoft company here. They use their trademark for their software, neverthless.

    If DiggGames was mine they will have to fight me a lot — or buy me — if they want to shut me down.

    Buy this way of thinking exposed by Mr Patel, MySpace should be closed because LiveJournal already existed, MSN should be closed because ICQ already existed, Blogger should be closed because, again, LiveJournal already existed, Digg should be closed because Slashdot already existed, and so on and so on…

    Have a pleaseant day.

  2. Kevin from digg explained why they’re going after trademarks. Sometimes, nice guys lose in the legal world and you have to play by the Legal rules. Here’s what heh had to say on teh subject: “A while ago our trademark attorney approached us and was concerned we could lose the name ‘digg’. I had no idea this was possible as we had already filed for the trademark. Apparently if you don’t enforce the TM (meaning not let other sites use it), we run the chance of losing it… which would suck. The last thing we want is to lose our name.

    So what to do…

    We don’t want to shut anyone down (not even the clone sites), all we ask is that you avoid using the name ‘digg’ in your website names/domains. We’re looking to see if we have any other options.

    Digg on,

    Kevin”

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