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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’s cease and desist threat. As of today, they have covered over £1000 of the £1750 needed to cover.