If they actually had
the legal right to that name (and indeed, HAD a legal department),
They would not deal
with you but have the legal eagles respond.
intention to publish” does not grant one automatic copyright.
I have over 20 domain
names registered and I have “IDEAS” for dozens of books and
products related to those websites,
but I can’t
claim ownership of those phrases in my head. (would be good fun, though!)
Consider this, very
often, specially in the field of self-help/self-development and business books
there are many books with similar (or SAME) titles
published by major
publishers. If you add ebooks and self-published stuff, the overlaps are quite
Yet they co-exist (with different ISBN numbers –of course), because often
the books with similar titles have different subject matter or approaches.
This is somebody
trying to acquire useable, marketable names and hoping to make some money out
of nuisance claims.
Even Internic (the
domain name overseeing body) wouldn’t entertain claims of
“ownership” [re:cybersquatting] based on someone who has
just acquired the
domain name fairly recently..
(Again, this is NOT
legal or professional advice, but I would:
A) Just ignore him; or,
B) “Life’s too short” tweak the name of my pubs to
something slightly different.) (You obviously can’t do this to someone