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My company is Premiere Photography we are based in Newport Gwent. Glen Yr Afon hotel is a venue approx 10 miles away from where we live that cater for weddings. Another photographer was doing something similar to what we have done so I researched available domain names, the hotels runs it website under .co.uk but they hadnt bought .com which as far as I have been told is a domain name run outside the uk and us such cannot be controlled by the domain 'police' within the UK
I was also told that just because a domain name has the same name as another business as in this case that there was nothing to stop us advertising our business. If you click on www.glen-yr-afon,com you will see the basic website we have running on that domain.
It is not our intention to pass off that we are associated, recommended or connected with the hotel in any way whatsoever all we want to do is get the message across to people who are getting married there that it is a venue we have photographed many weddings at and a lot of people who get married want to know if their photographer has photographed weddings at their chosen venue, this is all we are trying to achieve. Would it help you if I scanned and emailed the letter we have received from the hotel?
will do I will scan it now email it to that address for your attention thank you for your attention
Our company name isXXXXX it is we havent taken any bookings from this website but that said the SEO hasnt been done yet. If we clearly state on the home page that we are not connected to, recommended by the venue and that we are merely showing ourselves as photographers who have photographed at that wedding would this suffice. As per the letter could they get an injunction against us and could we be liable for their costs. Dont worry about the delay in getting back to us receiving the info today is fine. When you say we are in the same geographical area this is a bit confusing because ok we are about 10 miles away but we are based in Newport and they are based in Usk, two seperate towns. It may be beneficial if you havent already done so to look at the website domain online and see how we portray our advert. they also refer to a photograph, I took that photograph and I own the copyright and it was taken from a public footpath so from past experience I would assume that I can legally use it.
Hmmmmmmmm looks like we are damned if we do and damned if we dont I think they would go all the way, could they hit us with costs if they went for an injunction? Are they likely to succeed (64k question).
If we remove the layout we currently have (assume you have seen it) and replace it with
This website domain is owned by Premiere Photography in Newport we are not associated to or connected to Glen Yr Afon Hotel in Usk.
If we do this at least some people may visit our website. We have a new website under construction and we will ensure that our SEO drives this venue to the top of google listings.
What is sticking in our throats is that we have literally bailed them out of two masive problems at weddings where they could have been sued by clients and this is what we have to contend with.
Sorry had to go out and see clients, I have to say Glen Yr Afon is not a common name, just as an idea what if we called our house Glen Yr Afon, 41 Court meadow, langstone could we then tell them to go away
No we didnt ask them for permission and to be honest its something we wouldnt do by going cap in hand so to speak I dont like being beholding to anyone. How do you feel about us doing as suggested in the previous email
If we remove the layout we currently have (assume you have seen it) and replace it with:
This website domain is owned by Premiere Photography in Newport we are not associated to or connected to Glen Yr Afon Hotel in Usk and just hyperlink that to our main website as opposed to the direct advert we currently use
Thanks AJ if you are local to Newport in Gwent I would like to buy you a beer or severa; for all of your help it is very much appreciated. I am sorely tempted to call their bluff.
I agree there is more than one way to skin a cat I will hit them with SEO and other advertising they wont know whats hit them. Thank you for all of your help and if you are down this way a beer or several is very welcome. Thanks again.
And to you will provide feed back asap for you. Is there any way I can get a transcript of our messaging to refer to