Danger of Registering Domains with ChatGPT

Started by Domaining News, Feb 11, 2023, 01:37 AM

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Potential domain investors who are hoping to profit from the popularity of ChatGPT, OpenAI's AI-powered chatbot, should be aware that they may be violating the company's trademark.

 Within just two months of launching its public beta, ChatGPT amassed more than 100 million users, making it a valuable IP asset. This means that both the underlying technology and the ChatGPT mark have a very high value.

If you or anyone you know owns the domain ChatGPT.com or similar domain names, there's a good chance that OpenAI will contact you after their mark application for CHATGPT is processed. Unfortunately, this may not be good news for domain owners.

OpenAI filed an application for the mark's registration with the USPTO in December, as an intent-to-use mark, for various products and services such as downloadable computer programs and software for natural language processing, machine learning-based speech processing, and generating text. They also included research, design, and development services in the field of artificial intelligence.

It's worth noting that ChatGPT is short for "Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer," and some people may try to sell corresponding .com domains. While sales of domains including ChatGPT have been reported, it's important to keep in mind what happened when the "meta domains" craze occurred. Be cautious when registering such domains to avoid violating OpenAI's trademark.


OpenAI, the American company that developed the ChatGPT chatbot with artificial intelligence, has applied for the registration of the GPT trademark amid several attempts by other companies to obtain it. The application was submitted in December, and in March, OpenAI requested accelerated processing of its patent application, citing "numerous violations and fake applications." However, the company's lawyers allegedly did not pay the required fee or provide evidence confirming the validity of the request.

Despite the queue of applicants for the GPT trademark, a decision may take up to five months from US authorities. Lawyers express that even if OpenAI has taken this course of action, it is not predetermined to be successful. However, OpenAI has a good chance that the result will be in their favor due to existing precedents. One such example is IBM, whose registered name "International Business Machines" also contains a widely used term.

The abbreviation GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) includes the word Transformer, which Google used in 2017 to name the architecture of a widespread neural network. A lawyer expressed the opinion that a patent could still be granted even though the name of OpenAI's brand contains a description of widely-used technology. An additional argument in favor of OpenAI may be that the company has been using GPT in its name since 2018, when it first released its neural network.


Registering domains poses some risks, irrespective of the purpose or the entity doing the registration. There might be concerns related to privacy, security, and potential misuse, but specifically with a service like ChatGPT, there are several aspects to consider:

Misuse of Data: When registering a domain for any service, it might involve providing personal information. Mismanagement or mishandling of this data could lead to potential breaches of privacy or misuse.

Phishing or Scam Attempts: Domains registered under ChatGPT's name might attract scammers or phishers attempting to deceive users into believing they are interacting with the genuine service. This could lead to unsuspecting users divulging sensitive information.

Reputation and Brand Impersonation: Unauthorized individuals might register domains similar to ChatGPT's, aiming to impersonate the service for malicious purposes, potentially damaging the reputation of the actual service.

Legal and Compliance Issues: Registering a domain inappropriately or without following legal and compliance norms might lead to legal implications or regulatory actions.

If you're considering registering a domain related to ChatGPT, it's crucial to follow best practices:

Privacy Protection: Use domain privacy services to shield personal information from public WHOIS databases.
Secure Domain Management: Ensure strong passwords and two-factor authentication to secure domain management accounts.
Regular Monitoring: Regularly monitor domain activities and set up alerts for any unauthorized changes.
Legitimate Use: Utilize the domain only for legitimate and lawful purposes to avoid legal complications.

Additionally, here are a few more points to consider when registering domains related to ChatGPT or any other service:

Intellectual Property Rights: Ensure that your domain name doesn't infringe on any intellectual property rights, such as trademarks or copyrights. Using a name that's too similar to ChatGPT or other established brands could result in legal issues.

Content Control: Be mindful of the content you host on your domain. If it's related to ChatGPT, make sure it complies with legal and ethical standards. Inappropriate or harmful content can lead to problems.

Renewal and Expiration: Keep track of your domain's renewal date and renew it on time. If a domain expires, it can be registered by someone else, potentially leading to misuse or reputation damage.

DNS Security: Implement Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) to protect your domain's DNS records from being tampered with.

Phishing Protection: Implement anti-phishing measures to prevent your domain from being used for malicious purposes. This includes regularly checking for phishing attempts and taking action to stop them.

Cybersquatting: Be aware of cybersquatting, where individuals register domain names with the intent of selling them to the legitimate owners at a higher price. This can be a legal issue.

Cybersecurity: Ensure your domain registrar has strong cybersecurity measures in place to protect against domain hijacking and other security threats.

Terms of Service: Understand and comply with your domain registrar's terms of service and any relevant legal regulations related to domain registration.

Domain Name System Abuse: Be aware of the potential for domain name system abuse, which can involve using domains to distribute malware, engage in botnet activities, or other malicious actions.

Ethical Considerations: Consider the ethical implications of your domain's use. It's essential to use domain names in a way that aligns with ethical standards and principles.

By being aware of these considerations and taking necessary precautions, you can mitigate the risks associated with registering domains, particularly when they are related to a service like ChatGPT. It's always advisable to consult with legal and cybersecurity experts if you have specific concerns or questions about domain registration and management.