|I recently decided to call my diapers "Bunny Tails." I did so because it was original and no one else seemed to have the name. Also, because we call my daughter "bunny" It made sense. Well, apparently someone on Etsy already had that name. IT's not my username (I'm currently Clothdiapermommy) so it's not in my etsy shop's addressL. I just changed the shop name and added it to the titles of my diapers a couple weeks back. |
Last night, this lady then contacted me and accused me of taking her name which she claims is a registered business but I don't think she's trademarked. Since I didn't do it on purpose I told her that I was not aware she existed and I would change it. As it was late at night, I changed the title of my Etsy hoping to keep things peaceable and then went to bed, planning on changing everything else in the morning. By the time I woke up this morning she'd created a thread on Etsy mentioning my etsy as "Seller Fraudulently Representing their Products as Mine" (You can read it at this URL if you are so inclined: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6593901&page=1)
Anyway, I wrote back to her basically saying that I decided to go to bed and get my sleep rather than obsess about the drama she created for me and that I was fully planning on changing things elsewhere.
And I did. I'm now "A Bunny Tale" rather than "Bunny Tails" and I even started a new etsy account with that as my name so that I'll know that no one else has the name on etsy. I guess since I'm still a relatively new seller, I'll just start transferring my items over there. I'm easy going. I don't like drama and I'm not going to put up a fight with this woman.
But my question is this. What's protecting me from this happening in the future? Who's to say that someone won't come along and say that my new title is "theirs" and I'll have to keep changing it for as long as I'm selling my wares? I don't have money for a lawyer as evidenced by the fact that I started an Etsy in the first place. I just want to be left alone so I can do my best to work from home when I can.
I just want to sell my diapers and I want people to leave me alone. Any advice? I feel like a total idiot here after she slandered my good name...