Hi, I've been trying to find an email contact for WordPress staff since I would rather discuss this privately but I guess I'm stuck on the forums since I can't find another way and need an answer, fast! I recently started up a blog, and the name took a little while to come up with. As with most bloggers, I needed something that perfectly reflected what my blog was about without being misleading, and also needed to find something that wasn't already taken! When I finally found something that fit the bill and was available, I was thrilled. I wrote my first post just to get the ball rolling so I could start playing with design options - when I received a comment on that first post a day or two after having started, saying:
Your blog sounds interesting. Good luck with your writing.
We request that you kindly change the name of your blog. The name XXXXX is copyrighted by myself and a trademark application is pending for XXXXX Inc..
Thank you for your cooperation.
(Sorry, I've XXX-ed out the names to protect privacy of myself and the person who wrote to me etc.) While I completely understand where they're coming from, in that if they're starting a company and the name is obviously such a key part of it that they're looking into trademarking it and such, I can't help but wonder what the legal situation is on this. Do they have a right to sue me if I decline their request and keep my blog name, or do I have no right but to accept what they've asked and change my blog name (even though I am aware that once deleted, neither I nor anyone else will be able to use the blog name)? Mine is a personal blog, and I live in the UAE and they are based in the USA, if that makes any difference. I know these forums probably aren't the ideal place for tricky legal advice on media law, but I really do need some guidance on this before I feel comfortable continuing to blog or before responding to this person. Frankly for a new blogger who has only just worked up the guts to start writing one, it's enough to put you off wanting to keep blogging at all and give up before even starting! Even if I start another blog with a different name and delete this one so it's forever obsolete, what are my chances this may happen again in the future with another name and another company owner? I don't want to have to keep coming up with new names and starting the blog anew after coming up with yet another name (a frustrating challenge) and I'd just like to know what my rights are in such a situation, whether I decide to cooperate out of bring understanding this time or not (or to know if I even have that choice or my decision is made because they have rights to claim this and I don't). Please help, any advice would be welcome. Thanks!
The blog I need help with is thehungryglobetrotter.wordpress.com.