We built the rental cabana (that I have featured on this site many times) a little over four years ago. It is a vital additional source of income to our meager retirement income. We named it Casa de los Amigos. Before we settled on this name, we did our homework. We talked to the rental agents on the island and did internet searches to make sure we were not duplicating a name already in existence. I wish other people were as thoughtful.
Just recently a large home on the south end of the island has gone onto the rental market. Guess what they named it? Yup, Case de los Amigos!!!! We have contacted the owners and explained the problem and that we have been known by that name for four years now. (it is impossible to get a copyright on a name here.....as far as I know) Since they are the new kid on the block, we graciously asked them to consider changing their name, especially since they just opened and are not yet established. Guess what we were told in response?
Let's just say they told us we don't own the name and they will not be changing it. I find this preposterous. Especially when you consider that this house, just opened for rental, is already on the market to sell. Do I smell property flipping???
So now, dear readers, I have a favor. You have been reading my blog for a long time and now I need a favor.
Please send an email to this woman, letting her know that stealing an existing property name is not very nice, not very original and not very productive to our businesses. Ask her to consider changing it. Maybe the power of the internet will convince her. What if all 800+ of you who visit here each day sent her an email? Awesome! Ok, here's the address:
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