Changing name of the domain
I need to change the domain name due to legal issues surrounding the trademark of “the joy of cooking”. Please see the email I received below:
Hello – Thank you for reaching out to me. As you know, we contacted DomainsByProxy to obtain your contact information when we learned that you registered the domain name THEJOYOFCOOKINGANDEATING.COM.
I act on behalf of the Joy of Cooking Trusts (“Trusts”) and the CBS Company Simon & Schuster, Inc. (“S&S”). The Trusts own worldwide rights in and to the trademark JOY OF COOKING (the “Mark”), including Registration No. 2115779, which has been in continuous use since the world-renowned book entitled “Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Becker was first published in 1931, and subsequent books and series (the “Books”). S&S is the exclusive licensee of the publishing and merchandising rights to the Mark in connection with the Books and all related collateral products and services including but not limited to websites, cooking instruction videos, cooking tools and utensils and food and beverages (collectively, the “Joy of Cooking Properties”). As a result of the enormous sales and the attendant publicity, the public associates the Mark and Books solely with the Trusts and S&S. Because of these rights, we are obligated to protect the Mark and confusingly similar variations in the food, cooking and recipe arena against unauthorized uses by third parties including domain names and websites.
We are therefore concerned about your recent registration and any proposed use of the aforementioned domain name. I would like to discuss further at your convenience. Please let me know your availability, and I can give you a call on Thursday or Friday this week or next week. Thank you.
Nothing herein shall waive any rights and remedies available to the Trusts and Simon & Schuster, all of which are expressly reserved.
Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
The blog I need help with is thejoyofcookingandeating.com.
Okay, you have two options. Well, you have three, but presumably you’ve chosen not to fight them in court or negotiate with them, so that leaves two.
Change the URL permanently and irreversibly to a different WordPress.com URL OR buy a custom domain name and mapping like whatever.com for $18 a year.
Thank you. This does help and I’ve changed the URL to a different wordpress.com URL. I did purchase a custom domain for the former link (thejoyofcookingandeating.com) and can no longer use that as well. Is it possible to cancel it and apply my domain fee to the new URL?
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