Do I have to hand over my domain name in response to C&D?
January 18, 2011 8:24 PM Subscribe
I have a website that sells trademarked, but hard to find items that you can't find in stores. I just got a cease & desist letter from the manufacturer demanding I close the site and hand over the domain to them. Should I do that immediately, or do I have some other options?
posted by anonymous to law & government (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The domain name actually contains their trademark in it (that was a mistake, I know, I'm a beginner to online e-commerce). I have no problems shutting it down.. and I was thinking to do the same business from a different domain name - one that doesn't contain their trademark.
But do I have to hand the domain name over to them? I put a lot of time, money and effort into this... just so they can start selling the same thing? Is it realistic to try to sell it to them? I don't have legal resources to fight their threat, but is it an option to negotiate and try to cover some of my costs?