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Lee-AR

Arkansas
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Posted - 08/08/2020 :  05:28:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! What's in a name, huh? Another 'scare story' from long ago...
A notary had found/copied a picture of a pen online & used it on her website. Seemed it was copyrighted--which she didn't realize at the time.
A few months later, she received a letter from an attorney and was forced to pay a couple hundred dollars for using it. And, no, she couldn't just replace the photo as she had used it. Be careful out there!

If you don't value your time and experience, nobody else will.
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jbelmont

California
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Posted - 08/07/2020 :  4:49:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbelmont's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We had a Notary listed with us in New York who had a patented and trademarked business name included the term "Neighborly" and then another term which was a Notarial term. I will be cautious not to mention the exact term as this person's Attorney is very aggressive and will go after anyone who even breaths their name.

Another Notary in Ohio registered and used this business name and used it in her email as well.

The Attorney went after my server company who contacted several of my programmers who contacted me. I was told that my entire site might be taken offline if I didn't comply with removing that business name from the Ohio listing.

I don't know who is right or wrong or what the law says about this issue. But, I am not going to mess around with people this intimidating. So that is it for now.

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