Originally Posted by gayef
Oh how utterly frustrating! I know that when I registered my cattery name with CFA and then started advertising on places like Breedlist and The Pet Professor, it was only a short amount of time before some one breeding old-style Siamese like I do only located somewhere in the upper mid-west started calling her cattery "Old Style". She obviously cannot be registered with CFA as that, but certainly can be with the other registry associations so I can do absolutely NOTHING about it. I don't know from looking at her website which association she is registered with, but I felt a little strange seeing what I thought was MY cattery name on someone else's website. I have to say though that I would love to see her pedigrees - I am a Siamese history hound and if she has nice peds, I would love to work something out with her.
Good luck with your cattery name - I sincerely hope you get the one you like best.
Look into copyright. As soon as you copyright something, SIMPLY by using it by creating it, you have fair use of it and if you did it first your in the right. Often times just letting the other person know they are violating your copyright that was established before they did, and that you are also registered is enough to get them to do a name change. You can also offer to link to them if there is any confusion and ask the same in return.. to try to get them not to realize they have to give up something.. (which they really dont desrve anyways since you were first!).
Redirect them, toss something furry in front of them when you let them know they have to change their name..