I can finally post about something that has been going on in the House of Unraveling since well before Christmas. Early in December, first thing in the morning (before breakfast even!), Mr. Celia and the Boyo received a Fedex package containing legal documents. It was a complaint, filed by Mudd Jeans, against the Boyo's two domain names: muddyboy.org and muddyboy.net. Seems Mudd Jeans thought muddyboy.org infringed on their trademark: Mudd.
Now, we all were dumbfounded by this. The Boyo has his own blog, and uses the domain for internet gaming, but he is not a commercial site. Makes no money from the two domains. And, friends, he IS muddyboy, has been for years. I offer in evidence:
But what I found amazing was the Boyo's ability to deal with the situation, once he got over his initial reaction. I'll let you imagine what that was like. By the time we came home from work, he had read the whole brief, researched his rights on the internet, and determined that the complaint was bogus. Mr. Celia asked him if he'd ever considered the law as a career option.
We sent the brief off to our lawyer to review and the Boyo began to prepare a response. It was quite a response. We did a little editing, emphasis on little, and sent the response off to our lawyer, too. His advice was to send the response as is. So we did. I want to stress right here that the Boyo is nineteen years old. He didn't roll over and play dead, which is probably what we would have done. No, he figured out what needed to be done and he did it. Asked for help when he thought he needed it, but in essence, it was his battle and he fought it.
The Decision came yesterday. They lost. He won. Much jubilation in the House of Unraveling. I couldn't be more proud.
And Mudd Jeans, I have one thing to say to you: