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Several weeks ago, the Philadelphia Media Network (Digital) LLC (aka Philly.com) issued Game Time Media, LLC (aka Philly2Philly.com) a cease and desist letter in regards to operating our website. The letter claimed trademark infringement, despite Philly2Philly.com’s trademark approval by the United States Patent and Trademark Office- which would never have approved of Philly2Philly.com’s trademark if they did not see fit or saw a conflict of interest with any similar trademark.

The complaint also accuses Philly2Philly.com of registering and using our domain name in bad faith. As everybody knows who has visited Philly2Philly.com, it is a site run by the people of Philadelphia. We are not associated or financed by any organizations. The citizens of the city decide what goes on the site, which stresses the individual. Unlike other publications, anybody can be a part of Philly2Philly.com if they want to be. ANYBODY.

So, to make a long story short, the legal team of Philly.com demanded that Philly2Philly:

1. Immediately end all operations of Philly2Philly.com.

2. Immediately surrender the domain name of Philly2Philly.com over to Philadelphia Media Network.

This issue with the domain name will be settled by an administrative panel in an arbitration court. The trademark issue will be handled in a separate litigation.

With the publication and success of Philly2Philly’s recently published “A Snowball’s Chance”, the site has been getting nice exposure. We at Philly2Philly.com take great pride in having built this site from the ground up to where we stand today. Although this will be a battle, we are confident in our chances that we are indeed an original site with original thoughts and have done nothing wrong to interfere in anybody’s business practices.

In its four years in business, Philly2Philly has seen nearly two and a half million page views. If we lose, that’s all she wrote, so the support of those people who’ve stopped by over the years is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Joe Vallee
Chief Executive Officer
Philly2Philly.com   

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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