After discussing with my attorney, I could try to take Slime Ball to court for using my name and concept. Key word is “try.” Since I have not officially trademarked Penniless Teacher, this does not fall under the Cybersquatting law. Crap-ola!
A trademark costs upwards of $2K and a year for the government to make a decision.
When I contacted SlimeBall, he informed me that he is starting a new website Penniless People, and will be adding “Penniless XYZ” categories.
I’ve gone into battle mode. SlimeBall shouldn’t have told me his plan. I–as in ME, now own the Facebook pages, Twitter handles, You Tube Channels and Pinterest, and a few other accounts for all of the “Penniless XYZ” I could think of. Guess what I started with? Penniless TeacherS…SlimeBall wasn’t smart enough to start a Facebook Page with that name, he set up a Person (Penniless TeacherS) that you must add as a friend. Friend to Facebook means you share at different levels. I guard my personal profile and do not friend anyone unless I know them.
I now own domains in as many different forms of Penniless Teacher as I could think of and find. Needless to say that I will be stalking Go Daddy in a year to purchase Penniless TeacherS as well.
For now, unless SlimeBall reads this update, he will not know who owns all of the “Penniless XYZ” accounts he would really like to have.
To SlimeBall: If you want those accounts, it is going to cost you BIG TIME!
I’ll be cyberstalking his website like it is my own. Google Alerts are set up as well.
- Check into purchasing any domain names close to yours. Think about any variations of your name that could be used. (cheaper than a Trademark!)
- Open Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Pinterest, YouTube and any other media with those same names.
- I am happy to share the information from my attorney with any of you, just drop me an email.
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