Here are some of
the attacks waged by EMI, stopping others from using the
"VIRTUAL ENTREPRENEUR" (June 16, 2004) EMI has filed
an Opposition to the trademark "VIRTUAL
ENTREPRENEUR" simply for using the word entrepreneur in
their name.(read complaint PDF
Entrepreneur Magazine has been
threatened with a cease and desist letter and a federal
lawsuit complaint, from EMI, Read
Complaint pdf - Update FEM now is out of business
Young Entrepreneur (now Y&E)
was forced to change their name.
"TEPHEN MORRIS WAS THRILLED when Entrepreneur
magazine plugged his Atlanta-based business, Kids Way, three
years ago. Today,
he and Vice President Misty Elliott wish Entrepreneur
never heard of them.
The magazine's April 1997 article read like a free ad. It
detailed how Kids Way teaches the 8-to-18 crowd to start businesses
and listed contact information. "Kids Way also publishes
a bimonthly newsletter, Young Entrepreneur," Entrepreneur
wrote. Within 20months the 2,000-circulation newsletter grew
into a glossy with 16,000 paid subscribers. Today it doesn't
even exist--not in name, at least. Last year, Entrepreneur
filed a lawsuit in federal court against Morris and Elliott,
alleging that their use of the word "entrepreneur" violated
the magazine's trademark, and asking for treble damages.
Morris didn't want to waste time on a costly defense and changed
the newsletter's name to Y&E, which has hampered subscription
renewals. "It seems they're going after the little guys
who don't have the resources to fight them," says Elliott."
Magazine covered this story read more)
Asian Entrepreneur (now Asian
Enterprise) was forced to change their name.
For the past six years Entrepreneur Media, the Irvine,
Calif.-based parent of Entrepreneur, has protected its
trademark name by going after small businesses that use
the word "entrepreneur" in publications and on
Web sites. Smart business, no doubt. But crippling to some
of the very people it purports to help. Among the sundry
victims: Asian Entrepreneur. The Diamond Bar, Calif. publication
changed its name to Asian Enterprise in 1994 after receiving
a cease-and-desist letter. "A legal fight would have
put us under", says publisher Gelly Borromeo.
Entrepreneur (now Independent
Publisher) was forced to change name.
This Traverse City, Mich.-based outfit scrapped its print
publication in 1997, and fled to the Web with a new name entirely,
Publisher. Says founder Jerrold Jenkins, "They just bully
Game), a great game to learn about business, was forced
to stop being distributed.
In 1994, James Borzilleri registered the name and was the
to use it for a phone business. EMI talked Network Solutions
into shutting down Borzilleri's company website. Borzilleri
did not want to sell the domain name and had dreams of continuing
In 1999, after legal threats from EMI, Borzilleri sold entrepreneur.com
to EMI. It also appears something is preventing Borzilleri
from discussing what EMI did to him or revealing the
details of the transaction.
has been in a five year legal battle with EMI and has been
forced to change names. The case is still
going and heading back to the United State Court of Appeals.
According to Entrepreneurs.com, Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
alleged that the name "Entrepreneurs.com" and the
corresponding domain name are "confusingly similar" to
its trademark and demanded that Entrepreneurs.com "immediately
cease and desist from using the mark ENTREPRENEURS.COM and
the domain name ENTREPRENEURS.COM to Entrepreneur Media."
WebMagic's legal counsel politely declined the company's
request to surrender the domain, responding that Entrepreneur
Media's claims were without merit. Entrepreneurs.com
also has information about EMI's attacks.
Mellon's newsletter "The Entrepreneur" - EMI
thinks Carnegie Mellon's newsletter is "a flagrant
its magazine. S. Thomas Emerson, Director of the Donald H.
Jones Center at Carnegie Mellon said "It appears that
we are within the scope of the aggressive efforts of Entrepreneur
Magazine to monopolize
the word 'entrepreneur.'" Rather than fight, Carnegie
Mellon folded and changed its name.
Read more from: Carnegie Mellon University's
newspaper The Tartan
Copy of cease & desist letter
been threatened by EMI but has not shut down. They have put
together a great legal argument against