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Someone has my legal business name reserved

  1. I just tried to make a blog for my nonprofit using my registered business name, Art for Cures, but was told it was reserved. How can I find out why it is reserved and by who? I own the name and would like it released for use. I had to make "willartforcures" instead, but want "artforcures" released. Once it is, I will petition to have the name changed or just make a new blog. Thank you!
    Blog url: http://willartforcures.wordpress.com/

  2. Just to be clear about this blogs belong to the people who register them. When we register a username account the matching blog is reserved for our future use. It cannot be obtained by anyone other than the person who has registered the matching username.

    if you did not register the username then your business does not own the blog URL the person who registered it does. As long as they are not impersonating you and your business then they have done nothing wrong.

    There is no expiration date on blogs unused or otherwise. If you can make contact on your own with the owner of an unused blog then there is a means of a consenting blog owner to transfer the blog to another username account. http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#transferring-your-blog-to-another-user-or-account In the case that there is no contact information Staff will not breach the privacy policy and provide you with an email address.

    if you are not successful, you can register another blog with a similar name. http://en.support.wordpress.com/register-a-blog/

    Or you can register a domain via a domain mapping upgrade and it will not matter what the underlying .wordpress.com address is.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/register-domain/

  3. Since you have some sort of company a custom domain name is more professional - however artforcures.com & .org are taken

  4. I own both the artforcures.org domain and the .com; I have had them both for years. We started in 2007.

    It says the site doesn't exist and the name is reserved.
    http://artforcures.wordpress.com

    The name is trademarked and I don't have the name of the person who reserved it. For all I know, I reserved it under a different email and don't remember. I have no idea how to find out if they won't release the information.

    Is there a reverse lookup? If I give them my information, can they verify it against their records without breaching the privacy policy?

  5. You can use the account recovery form here https://wordpress.com/wp-login.php?action=recovery

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