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Before I begin, I wanna ask: I built 8 websites through godaddy , coded and optimized on first page google. 2 months later not on?.

My next question is: I want use my last name HastyPhotography.com but it's taken by photosite. Can I do anything about that?.

Thanks!..

Comments (13)

Your question was: I built 8 websites through godaddy , coded and optimized on first page google. 2 months later not on?.

Is your last name "hasty"?.

This is a very strong generic word. I can't imagine any court or UDRP action being successful, but then again case law is full of bad legal decisions, so who knows.

Do you have a business "hasty Photography" that has established some form of common law mark status, prior to the registration of the domain?.

Here is the whois record:.

Registrant:.

Erica Hasty.

221 Longwood Dr.

Thomasville, Ga 31757.

US.

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC..

Record last updated on 23-Jan-2007..

Record expires on 21-Jan-2008..

Record created on 21-Jan-2006.

If you are not Erica Hasty, this would be a tough battle.

Also, the USPTO shows no registration of the mark..

Marc..

Comment #1

Yes Hasty is my last name, no business yet, in the works. She's a Hasty too so I'm outta luck there. Thats o.k, got 4 other domains that will work including HastyPhoto.com Let her sue me, wonder if we're related..

Comment #2

Ha! I actually like the HostGator you registered better than her domain. This would be a tough UDRP if she tried. The mark is not registered at USPTO, although she has a US address (making USPTO the obvious place to look for registrations).

Furthermore, she is hurting herself in acquiring a common law status on the proposed mark, since she forwards to photosite, with no mention on the site of "hasty photography". I would not worry too much about this. Be sure to quickly brand your site with a TM. (I see you just registered it today). By putting a TM next to Hasty Photo, you will begin acquiring common law status.

If you fail to claim or protect your rights, they will be lost. True in almost all aspects of life, not just TM. Make sure to reg the .net too, to show you are serious in protecting your name, and have exercised due diligence in those efforts at protection. Do it NOW.

Marc..

Comment #3

I know what you mean, but I dont have $500 to spend on a TM right now.

Domain name: photosite.com.

Administrative Contact:.

United Online, Inc..

Networking Department ( is a major company...

Comment #4

You do not need to register a TM to acquire legal status, and it is free. It is of course MUCH easier with a registered TM, but not required. Just put the TM next to your phrase and start defending it. Also, go register that .net I was talking about to help defend your mark. After that, google "common law trademark".

You do not need a registration to put the TM next to your phrase. You DO need a registration to put the circle R next to your phrase. Also, there is currently no registration for "Hasty Photo", and that is a very good name. Do the TM now, get the .net, and worry about the registered mark later. Start doing business asap so that when you do register a mark, you can have today's date for the date of first use in commerce in your application.

Marc..

Comment #5

Why this seeming obsession over a HostGator name that doesn't belong to you?..

Comment #6

Last names cannot be trademarked so you cannot do anything...

Comment #7

Although the phrase "hasty photo" can be trademarked (last name + photo). We all agree that there is nothing that can be done to get the other HostGator from it's current owner (hastyphotograhy.com).

Marc..

Comment #8

You both essentially have the same argument as to why the HostGator should be yours, and she regged first, so it would seem she would be the logical winner...

Comment #9

Hasty Photo better anyway imo.

Take your new name and grow with it..

Comment #10

Personally, I think HastyPhoto.com is much more catchy..

Photo is the hasty way of saying photography, after all, and the name is shorter, two identical-length two syllable words, rolls off the tongue, looks and sounds like a real business (a big one). I think it is far superior to HastyPhotography.com.

HastyPhoto.com sounds like you'll get your photographs quickly, HastyPhotography.com sounds like someone is a little hurried and reckless.

You've got the better name. Celebrate it. Mobilize it. We might be seeing HastyPhoto around soon...

Comment #11

You could make them a very nice offer & see if they'd consider selling..

Comment #12

Hey thanks all!.

I have the oppurtunity to shoot alot of bands through a local rock magazine in philadelphia who just hired me part time yay! I grabbed "TheBandPhotographer.com" too.

I dont know why, but I think it's a pretty cool HostGator and surprised it wasnt reg'd already.

Anyway, thanks again all!..

Comment #13


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