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While updating my bloglines button, I stumbled across a website by a South African accountant. Nothing unusual so far apart from his content is almost entirely copied from my company’s old website, which is also still live.
Now, I don’t mean that he’s just borrowed the odd bit here and there. I mean he has copied every page verbatim only pausing to subsitute his name and address.
There is something surreal about seeing your own content copied entirely on a website on a different continent and I would be flattered by this ultimate compliment, where it not for the fact that…
- I spent long hours writing that website content.
- I’m not sure he even read it properly before he copied it, as some of the content only applies to the UK.
All of this lead me to the question of proving copyright, particularly on the internet. A quick internet search led me to this useful post, it’s from a year ago but still relevent. http://vadirectory.net/blog/2007/03/17/help-someone-has-copied-my-website/ I’m grateful especially for their link to http://www.archive.org/web/web.php which is an archive of the internet and in my case, proves that my website was in place in 2007, while his is not even catalogued yet.
People to tell:
- Your customers
- Your employees
- Your suppliers
- Your bank
- HMRC (the tax man)
- Professional bodies/trade associations
Other things to do:
- maximise the marketing opportunity
- change your business stationery
- obtain a new domain name and relaunch your website.
- update all your advertisements
In the two years I’ve been blogging, I’ve shaken hands with, and looked directly into the eyes of, dozens of bloggers whom I follow and admire, as well as readers of this blog (of course I admire you, too!). Some have referred work (yes, the kind that pays), others have published my work or syndicated it, and several have shared their books, ideas and advice with me. And still others have become friends with whom I communicate daily or close to it.
In the UK, it seems we’re relatively slow to get off the ground with business blogging. For those in the UK and interested in browsing UK-based blogs, have a wander over to www.britblog.com where you can also add your own business or personal blog to the directory for free.
It recognises just how important naming your company is. You might not agree with everything, but it’s a great starting point.
Of course, with some businesses, the name doesn’t matter as much as others. If you are running a takeaway, brand is possibly less important to you than other things, such as location.
Restrictions on naming your limited company
If you register a limited company, there are some restrictions on the name you can have. You cannot choose a name that has already been used. You may choose to register a variation on an existing company name. Companies can object to using a particular name if it is deemed to similar to an existing one, however, if there are no objections within twelve months, you may keep the name you have chosen.
You can use the Companies House Web Search facility to check the availability of names.
Companies House will not allow you to register an offensive name. Also, certain words, such as “school” have restrictions on them.
If branding is important to your business, you should try to choose a name that is short, snappy. If branding is less important, you might choose a descriptive name.
It being the age of the internet, you will probably want to register a domain with the same name as your company name. Indeed, if the URL of your company name is unavailable, you may wish to select a different name. Even if you have no intention of having a website, you will probably want to protect yourself from someone else registering that domain name
You can use a whois service to check the availability of domain names with various extensions (eg. .com, .co.uk, .org). If you want a .uk domain, you can also visit Nominet, the UK domain registrar.