Yell Limited have accused Yellowikis of “Passing Off”. The largest publisher of yellow pages directories in the world have written to Paul Youlten (co-founder of Yellowikis) saying they believe Yellowikis is
“plainly purporting to be associated with (Yell)” and “this amounts to a misrepresentaion… which may result in third parties associating (Yellowikis) with our client (Yell)” … “The continued presence in the market of your website will cause substantial damage to (Yell’s) good will and reputation”.
Yell’s solicitors are demanding that:
- the Yellowikis site is shut down
- control and ownership of the domain name is passed to Yell
- compensation is paid to Yell for loss of profits
- Paul and Rosa agree never to set up another competitor to Yell
In true creative commons style, Rosa & Paul Rousen are raising funds to cover the legal fees to fight yell.com’s cease and desist threat. As of today, they have covered over £1000 of the £1750 needed to cover.