I don't know about Swedish or US law, but I do know that in the UK 'passing off' can be a serious problem.
Several things could happen:
1 - No-one really cares. You'll trade with no problems at all.
2 - The first site asks you to cease trading under a name that is deceptively similar to theirs. You comply with their request and change your name before any serious expense is caused to either party.
3 - This is the worst case scenario. It is not unknown in the UK. The first company decides to do nothing for now. In a year, or two, you've made a lot of money. Your company is very healthy. The original company now takes you to court for 'passing off'. Your company could be required to hand over all trading profits accumulated during the time you were misleading the public (whether intentional or not) and you are obliged to cease trading under that name. You do all the work. They take the money.
A lot depends on the type of site. If you're both offering something that is almost unique you're very likely to have problems if you also trade in the same geographic areas.
Personally I don't think it's worth the risk if you can find another domain name that is safer.
ok. I don't want to risk that much. I should try to find a another one then.
thanks for your help!
Do you know!!! Google is running thousands (even more than in thousands) sites that have similar names to most popular sites. You may have experienced this problem when you type the site name incorrectly.
People do that with stuff like google, yahoo and youtube all the time and they do not get sued unless they take copyrighted material (putting youtube videos on a site that has youtube in its name will not get you sued) and put it on their site and claiming it is there own or if they take the material when the site specifically says that you cannot put the material on your site.
I even have a domain like that, codelyoko.us. A semi-popular french-anime TV show. There is a .com, .net, and .fr on it already so I am surprised I actually got this one.
well Unless its a trade marked brand name you wouldn't have a problem. Just make sure its not trademarked and go for it.
I think there is no problem,you can regester it,no one will sue you.even google.cn has been regesterd by a Chinese people then selled to google.com charging for 1000000 RMB.