Domain versus trademark : avoiding hassle
While I realise I may be worrying for no reason, I rather avoid any trouble than to solve issues should they appear.
As I stated before in a topic (I think) I am a writer and would like to dedicate part of my site to my artistic project. For the arts project I have a name in mind which is the title of one of my booklets as well.
Obviously I'd like to register the domainname for it, but how can I know that I am not violating any trademark? I mean, artists around the world use pseudonyms, some of those artists only known locally. Maybe some person in a far off country who is only known locally already has the same or similar artistic name. Or there may be a company somewhere far away with the same name...
Now I did some searching: Google indicates (when typing the name I would like to use for my project) only a book and two songs of this name, but no company nor artist using it as name (must add I only checked the first 5 or 6 pages of Google results because every result seemed to lead to those same few songs and book or be random words in an article).
YouTube shows only those two songs of this title, but no band or artist using it as their name.
Wikipedia shows no exact match neither, only some words in a random article.
So it seems to be OK, but what confuses me is this: there are two companies (one in the US and one in Canada, neither of both known internationally) using one part of the name I'd like for my arts project. Example: these two companies are named "Pencil" or "Pencil Delivery" (random example) while I want the name "Broken Pencils" for my arts project (again random example)
Am I not violating any rule by registering that domain? I already looked for trademark and pseudonym databases but there seems to be no such thing existing (only a few local ones but that won't get me far when this says nothing about trademarks used in other countries)
Obviously I have no mala fide intentions, I just have a name in mind that is suitable for my arts project. The name has 3 words of which 1 word is part of two companies' names (but none of both has the exact 3 word combination that I have in mind)
"It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees"