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1007.2 Domain Names and URLs

1007.2 Domain Names and URLs


A domain name or URL is the address for a website or webpage. It is the online equivalent of a mailing address or phone number. These elements are facts that are not eligible for copyright protection. See Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340, 347 (1991) (“No one may claim originality as to facts . . . because facts do not owe their origin to an act of authorship.”). In addition, domain names and URLs are not protectable because they are merely words or short phrases that lack the sufficient amount of creativity required for copyright protection. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.1 (A).