Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.To be honest, you are worried over nothing. If you simply own the site but are not capitalizing off it, there is no infringement per se, and at worst you would get an email or letter demanding that you hand over the site to the 'rightful' owner of the copyright. Heck, at that point you may end up transferring the site for a small profit. Transferring the site to someone else would also terminate your liability from the date you transfer, but NOT from the time you've owned it. However, since you did nothing with it, there is no inherent infringement from what you've described. If you are that paranoid, let it expire and not renew it--that would terminate your liability and would leave the site to someone else to purchase or utilize.Good luck.
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