The publishing world is becoming more dangerous for authors. I belong to a Yahoo Group named Romance Books R Us. We have a website, blog, Twitter and Facebook Account.
The owner of Romance Books R Us started this group in 2010, but recently an author named Adele Dubois was asked to cease and desist using the name Adele by Sony Cooperation. Sony sent a letter to Google telling them to remove all articles on Blogger by Adele because her name infringed on the singer, Adele. Sony threatened Google with a lawsuit, so they removed her articles. Eventually, this ended up being solved because Adele was the real name of the author, Adele Dubois.
Another author had a series using realtor, and had to use something else because Realtor is a trademark. I've gotten off track here, but now I'm going to tie back into the first paragraph. Because of the lawsuits, the owner of Romance Books R Us decided she'd better trademark the name Romance Books R Us. After applying for the trademark, she received an email from the lawyers for Baby's "R" Us and Toy's "R" Us that she had 5 days to remove her site or face the consequences of a lawsuit because R Us was their trademark.
At this time, I'm not sure how this is going to turn out, but I'll keep you informed. This is something that concerns anyone who has a business, and writing is a business. It's getting late, and I just hope I'm making sense.
Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week, and I'll see you next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall