A Very Legal Sounding Statement

I just published the following statement over at Shoeperwoman, but figured good news bears repeating. And really, the sight of Rubin in shoes never really gets old, does it?

“Following on from the trademark dispute I told you about last month, I’m very pleased to announce that following negotiations between our lawyers and the owner of the Shoeper-Woman.co.uk website, we have now reached an agreement, in light of which the owner has rebranded, transferred domain ownership to us and withdrawn the Trademark application that conflicted with our website name.

Obviously this has been a difficult and stressful time for everyone involved, and we’re happy to be able to draw a line under it and get on with the important business of talking about shoes. Once again, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this: we will now be continuing with our own trademark application, and hope that, if granted, this will help give our brand additional security in future.

Thanks again for everyone’s help and support: it really does mean the world to us.

P.S. As a courtesy towards the other party in this dispute, we have agreed not to name either her or her new business name, and we’d appreciate it if you could refrain from mentioning these names in the comments here.”

Unfortunately the fight DOES go on against the site I mentioned in yesterday’s post, which is still live at the time of writing, and I’m still completely mystified as to why on earth it even exists. My current tagline gets truer by the day…

Hi, I'm Amber. I'm a full-time fashion/shoe blogger from the UK, and this is the story of my life, my clothes, and the International Man of Mystery Next Door. You can read more from me at my other blogs, The Fashion Police and Shoeperwoman, and you can follow me on Bloglovin' here.

22 Comments

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Caroline

    I am SO pleased to hear this – what a huge relief to you.

    Sending virtual champagne cocktails your way in celebration!

    Cx

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Arlene

    Excellent outcome for all concerned xxx

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Panthera

    YAY!! That’s such good news! I’m so happy everything turned out your way (as it should).
    I hope this will give you some tiny peace of mind, and what a great way to start your holiday!

    So happy for you, and the blog :o)

    About the new stupid-head; I have no idea why she did it, but could it be possible that she has used an rss reader that downloads the whole post or her?
    I use my iPad to read blogs, and my rss reader (called rss reader hd or normal) gives me the option to automatically download full posts from a partial rss feed. I have it set to automatically download all shoeperwoman posts currently, but I promise I won’t steal them or post them anywhere!
    I thought maybe she had something similar?

    • Reply May 13, 2011

      Panthera

      That was supposed to be a smile, not a surprised face.. I have to stop putting noses on my smilies.. * :)

      And it should say “downloads the whole post *for her”

      • Reply May 13, 2011

        Terry

        It could have been done multiple ways. As the posts are all a year old then they probably used some software to do it automatically. Dreamhosts better get their little mouse fingers clicking and delete it asap or I will VERY ANGRY, like a Volcano in a hurricane! (with really heavy snow as well) ;)

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Kat

    Oh, I’m so so so happy for you Amber! And for you, Terry. And even for Rubin! Looking forward to business as usual now :)

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Diane

    Oh God, I’m SO happy for you, Amber! I kept thinking about you & wondering how things were going; I know you couldn’t reveal it all publicly. But you must be really relieved. Phew! I have a feeling this new content-stealing site won’t prove to be such a challenge, but fingers crossed for that, too. xx

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    maz aka MallyMon

    Well done! and also, YAY!! :) x

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Lauren

    *and breathe again* Thank god, so happy for you!

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Dream in Grey

    Glad to hear sensible heads prevailed although a shame that it had to go to lawyers to do so

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Karin

    Ohh, more Rubin in heels!
    And congrats in your business succuess! Sucks when your whole life gets trampled on.

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Claire

    I’ve said it on Shoeperwoman but it does bear repeating too – CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Amy

    I wouldn’t be surprised if someone decides to copy your content just to get a rise out of you or to get attention. Glad the other dispute was settled!

  • Reply May 13, 2011

    Nikki G

    I posted my congratulations on Shoeperwoman as well, but I just wanted to say again: congrats! Justice has prevailed!!

  • Reply May 14, 2011

    Dani

    Yay! That’s great news!

  • Reply May 14, 2011

    Louise

    I’m soooo please thats all sorted. I’m also sooo sorry you had to go to the expence and hassel of lawyers to fix it. I hope the other dude doesn’t end up that way too.

    Congrats, in general and good luck for the next and hopefully FINAL installement.

  • Reply May 14, 2011

    Keris Stainton

    Oh this is brilliant news. So pleased for you.

  • Reply May 14, 2011

    Beth

    I’m so pleased for you, I hope the other issue gets fixed soon too xx

  • Reply May 15, 2011

    Caveat Calcei

    Amber/Terry – did you serve a DMCA notice on the hosts of this site? We are dealing with a few recalcitrant copyright infringers over here too who won’t take down stuff that is in breach of copyright.

    Apparently you can raise proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia to enforce a take down notice. I wonder if it is possible to do so in the Court of Session that would be more money chucked away though.

    We should do a Webinar on how to deal with identity pirates…

    • Reply May 15, 2011

      Amber

      We didn’t have to in the end… after whining at them for 30 minutes on Twitter and by email, the hosts announced they’d found “other issues” with the account which enabled them to shut it down. Prior to that, they’d been recommending we hire a lawyer (which you obviously don’t need to serve a DMCA, but was what they were recommending anyway).

      The main problem is now that while court action would presumably work, we just can’t afford it. We’ve just spent a lot of money fighting the last person, and if we have to do that every single time someone tries to rip me off, we’d be bankrupt, or I’d be running the sites purely in order to make enough money to fight off the people who copy them. So disheartening :(

    • Reply May 15, 2011

      Terry

      I think the argument that won the day with dreamhosts is that I’d found dozens of copycat websites on their servers from the same user. It would be completely unreasonable for the hosting company to expect every person to start filing legal documents when in the end in only took 5 minutes for the host to look at the account and see the extent of the copyright infringement. As soon as they saw how many sites had been ripped they deleted all the accounts.

      I will need to get a proper DMCA template sorted so we have it ready to send off when we find the next copycat.

  • Reply May 17, 2011

    Fashion Limbo

    EXTREMELY happy to read this! congratulations!!! very-very-very pleased :):):)

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