I just tried to log on to www.leavalley.com to order a few items and got this
"The owners of the domain name leavalley.com are accepting offers from interested
parties willing to obtain ownership rights over the domain name. You can place your
bid by filling out the form below." Stated price: $1,500
They may be in for a small surprise. LeeValley has some rights to claim the
name without payment. "Squatting" on names similar to existing enterprises
in hopes of inducing payment from them is somewhat frowned upon.
It's not illegal until someone unleashes a pack of lawyers on whoever
owns the domain name. The company/person with the most money wins !
but hey, I'd but that for a dollar, maybe work out a deal with leevalley
for one o' those new shoulder planes...
On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 18:12:17 +0000, Frank
You might be playing free with assumed motives. I wouldn't bet on it ... not
with 13,200 +/- hits on legitimate "Lea Valley"'s worldwide. That said, I
have no sympathy whatsoever for the domain name squatters from the frenzy
five years or so back who lost big time betting on the come, and less for
those who paid the extortion and two years later let them go, to be picked
up by anyone at the cut-rate registrars.
Rarely is foolishness and greed subject to such justice.
Has do with trademark and name resemblance.
In an interesting case recently, a 17 year old in Canada named Michael Rowe
started making web sites. So, he got a domain name called mikerowesoft.com.
Next thing ya know...Bill Gates and his pack of sharks attacked him claiming
he was stealing their corporate identity, etc.
Last I heard, they came to an agreement for him to change his domain name
because it *sounds* like Microsoft.com
If you want to go back even further, take the case of AutoZone as an
example. They were originally named AutoShack and were forced to change the
name when RadioShack took legal action. The name, even though not that
close, was determined to be too close and confusing to consumers.
Uh, well, yeah, but I just saw and heard a kid drive by who can't differentiate
twixt his vehicle and his stereo. Nor can anyone else within half a mile.
"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is
Greetings and Salutations...
On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 20:03:32 GMT, "TexasFireGuy"
and in another example on the path of "how stupid can
companies and lawyers be"...A few years ago, Sun got all het up about
"protecting its trademark" as regards the programming language Java
(which they had "created"). Part of the problem was that Microsoft
had started doing their usual pirate thing of eroding away control
from the originators. In any case, Sun started sending "cease and
desist" letters to folks for using Java in their names. One of the
more AMUSING moments was that they sent a threatening letter to
the owners of "www.javanco.com" (here is a link to the letter:
The only problem was that a) Javanco is a hardware and
surplus place and b) it has been around for a LONG time...well
before Sun came up with the idea of Java, or the name.
Needless to say, the owner, whose name actually is (If
I remember correctly) Javan, told them, politely, to take a long
walk off a short pier. Alas, I think Javanco may be gone now...
the hardware biz is tough...but the amusement remains. I used
to get parts from them every once in a while, but, alas, my SERIOUS
hardware hacking days are kind of behind me, so have not gotten
anything in a while...
Check this out:
Note the new email address.
Please adjust your krillfiles (tmAD) accordingly
Replace "nonet" with "yukonomics" for real email address
**Please remove the nospamme from my return address before replying.**
And MS acknowledged they went too far. However, I realize that these days,
"right" is irrelevant. It's whoever has the better lawyer(s).
Still. LeeValley has no right to LeaValley until proven in court. (unless
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