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Today, I received an email from someone who claimed he owned the domain name and that my "usage of it is not legal". He asked me to contact him, because "otherwise this page will be canceled".
I've only owned the domain name for 3 months and when I registered it, it was available and not registered by anyone else (duh, of course). This guy who claims he owns it is not, as far as I know, connected to the artist's record company or management (who have probably registered the artistname as a trademark as it's not her real name).
The email was sent through the feedback form on my site, so I searched for his email address on google to see if it really exists and it apparently does. He's a 30 year old German guy (the artist is German as well) looking for au-pair girls. Hmm... He also mentioned his phone # in the email and it's the same # as on the au pair site, so I guess it is a real person.
Anyway, if this guy does not own the trademark of this artist's name and is not called the same name as the artist is, can he in any way be the legal owner of this domain? (or more legal owner than I am) Anyone has any idea?
I still haven't replied to his mail, I will do it soon and ask if he has any proof of it, but first I'd like to know someone else's views on it, who might knows more about these things than me.
Perhaps he used to own the domain, forgot to register and wants it back. By threatening you, he may feel he can get the domain for free.
The best advice on these matters always comes from a solicitor.
I'd ignore the message completely. If you get a real letter from a law firm, rather than vague threats, then get yourself a lawyer yourself. Don't contact him in any way otherwise.
If you are unsure about anything, then consult a lawyer who knows about domain-name disputes - it's the only way of getting a sure answer.
If the artist's record company or management has registered the artist name as a trademark they dont, per se, have a claim either nor do they own the domain.
Ask him why your "usage of it is not legal" and on what authority does he claim if you don't contact him "this page will be canceled"?.