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Good evening

lets assume I own a company called "CookieExpress" and I may even have tradedmarked this name/logo etc.

My Dynamics domain is https://cookieexpress.crm4.dynamics.com (still free! :p) and maybe some version for a dev system etc.

Now, is there a way to let Microsoft know about my Company name and/or Trademark to make sure nobody else uses "CookieExpress" in their Dynamics URL (and ideally all other) domains (such as onmicrosoft.com)? For example cookieexpress-phishing.crm4.dynamics.com

I googled it but came up blank.

Thanks
Pete

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    Adrian Begovich Profile Picture
    Adrian Begovich 20,299 Super User on at
    RE: Making sure company name is not used in Dynamics URLs by third parties

    Hi Pete,

    There is no process for this. I suggest that you register the Dynamics URLs that you plan to use.

  • Petem34 Profile Picture
    Petem34 33 on at
    RE: Making sure company name is not used in Dynamics URLs by third parties

    Anyway, my question still stands: is there such a process with Microsoft?

    Does anyone else know?

    Thanks

    Pete

  • Guido Preite Profile Picture
    Guido Preite 53,906 Super User on at
    RE: Making sure company name is not used in Dynamics URLs by third parties

    "I won't try it but if you would register pepsi-sso.crm4.dynamics.com, I am quite sure things will turn ugly quickly."

    and you wrote exactly my point, the things will turn ugly AFTER, not before

  • Petem34 Profile Picture
    Petem34 33 on at
    RE: Making sure company name is not used in Dynamics URLs by third parties

    While I see your point Guido Preite , I disagree :)

    First, Microsoft owns all of its infrastructure so this can easily be done technically.

    Second, all customers of Microsoft using these domains (dynamics, onmicrosoft etc) are businesses so they have a need to protect their brand, company name and trademarks and have the means to do so.

    Third: it is common to do exactly this in other areas. Google AdWords for example does not let you use registered brandname/trademarks unless approved by the hold of such trademarks.

    And last but not least: it makes a lot of sense from security perspectives too.

    I won't try it but if you would register pepsi-sso.crm4.dynamics.com, I am quite sure things will turn ugly quickly.

    Pete

  • Guido Preite Profile Picture
    Guido Preite 53,906 Super User on at
    RE: Making sure company name is not used in Dynamics URLs by third parties

    do you contacted all the domain registrants to make sure they don't register a cookieexpress dot anything?

    If other companies register something that you think go against your trademark you do action (like a lawsuit)  after the fact, not before, this is of course my opinion.

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