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What Churches Should Know about Trademarks and Website Addresses

Legal protections for domain names vary. Here's what to note.

Most churches have websites, and they promote their websites to the world by adopting domain names that tell people how to locate those sites. There are important legal issues associated with the use of domain names.

In general, a domain name is comprised of a second-level domain, a "dot," and a top-level domain (TLD). The wording to the left of the "dot" is the second-level domain, and the wording to the right of the "dot" is the TLD. For example, if the domain name is "XYZ.com," the term "XYZ" is a second-level domain and the term "com" is a TLD.

The following are examples of generic TLDs that are designated for use by the public:

.com—commercial, for-profit organizations; .edu—4-year, degree-granting colleges/universities; .net—network infrastructure machines and organizations; .org—miscellaneous, usually ...

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