Welcome to Money Manifesto! What Happened To Money Life and More?

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Lance CothernToday is a very happy and sad day at the same time. As you can (or will shortly) see, this site has transitioned from Money Life and More to Money Manifesto.

Why Change?

Well, it turns out that I have supposedly been infringing on a trademark of a little known company called Crown Financial Ministries, a 501c(3) (not for profit) organization. They sell some products with the name MONEYLIFE which they have trademarked. They have reached out to me and insist I quit using my brand that I’ve grown over the last two years.

After doing some research and talking to some lawyer friends, I have come to the conclusion that there is a very good chance that I am NOT infringing on anyone’s copyright for multiple reasons, but of course the courts could rule that I was actually infringing. The brands are very different and Crown doesn’t do a very good job of defending their trademark if you search around the internet for the term money life.

They are common words, the trademark is pretty weak and honestly I think I could win in court. However, I know when to fight and when to throw in the towel. I refuse to spend thousands of dollars defending myself against a big company’s lawyers for something as silly as a website name. It just isn’t worth it to me.

Loyal readers will continue to follow me, no matter what I call my website and I figured I might as well change now and get this out of the way so we can continue to grow our community. Keeping reading for what this change means for you. Hint – not much!

What Has Changed

The website address has changed from www.MoneyLifeandMore.com to www.MoneyManifesto.com. Any old links to articles, posts or pages on Money Life and More will now redirect to the same page on Money Manifesto. So, if you visit my site via a bookmark, please update it. It will load more quickly if you come straight to Money Manifesto.com.

To my blogger friends: If I am on your blog roll, I’d love for you to update the link to my site to Money Manifesto and MoneyManifesto.com. I’ll love you forever. I’m going to try to begin reaching out to you all to update links. If you don’t want to, I understand it is a hassle and that’s fine. They’ll still redirect to the new site with no problem so they won’t be broken links. It’d just really help me out if you update them. I’ll owe you one! :)

Other than that, the only other major change on this site will be the header logo changing from Money Life and More to Money Manifesto. Pretty simple changes, right?

However, there naturally are other changes that we are working on. We’ll be transitioning the Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media pages to the Money Manifesto brand. Some of these will take longer than others. Most of you that follow me on social media should continue to follow me after the changes from what I understand. You’ll just see updates from Money Manifesto instead of Money Life and More on those sites.

What Won’t Change

I (Lance) will still be running this site on a daily basis. I’m not transitioning anything else at this time. I didn’t sell the site. You won’t see a sudden shift in how often I write or the topics that I write about. If you have any concerns at all, please contact me or leave a comment and I’ll make sure you are no longer concerned! :)

Thank you so much for being a loyal reader of Money Manifesto (formerly Money Life and More). I really appreciate you and am super excited to continue growing our community under our new name, Money Manifesto. If I can ever help you with anything, please contact me or leave a comment below.

Here’s to the future!

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About Lance Cothern

Lance Cothern, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the founder of Money Manifesto. You can read more about him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Oh, that’s a bummer! Been hearing about way too many silly infringement cases online lately. I like the new name, though.

  2. I do like the new name, though it would have been nice to pick one under different circumstances.

    So it took those guys 2 years to do a Google search and figure out there was another Money Life website? That’s encouraging. Perhaps you could have gotten another two years until they sued. :) Or you could have sold them the website plus URL for a five-figure sum??

  3. Ohhhhh…..catchy new name, Lance! I actually really like it!!! =)

  4. Wow, that’s a pretty BS claim…..but hey, I like the new name too…good luck Lance, as a reader I’m certainly still coming back!

  5. What a hassle. Glad you figured out a method and it seems relatively painless.

  6. Sorry that this happened but I’m impressed at how you handled it and how quickly you transitioned!

  7. That’s really silly! I guess the upside is that you now have a name that is much more unique? I hope the transition has been smooth!

  8. That feels like some serious BS, lance.. But I kinda like the new name to be honest. Manifesto is one hell of a cool word, and I think that it makes you sound a bit more authoritative.

  9. That sucks, probably more of a hassle than anything (assuming the metrics and stats will propagate over to the new site). There’s no way anyone reasonable would think you were infringing, but I guess there’s not much you can do to prevent people from filing lawsuits.

    I just removed the old site and added the new one to my reader, you’re not losing me!

  10. That’s unfortunate for you. At least you worked out a good change. Did you hear Candy Crush Saga actually trademarked “candy” for apps so now no other companies can release games with “Candy” in the name? People take the trademarking thing crazy serious and sometimes get away with more than they should.

  11. Love the new name MUCH more too – Easier to remember and super catchy! (Also, quicker to enter into the address bar for us lazy people ;))

    I this happened for a really good reason.

  12. Count me among those who like the new name. Here is my question though: How do you know that somebody hasn’t already trademarked the term manifesto?

    • Great question. I searched the US Trademark and Patent office’s website and no one owns a trademark for Money Manifesto. The word manifesto is way to general to be trademarked and even if someone made the claim, I’d be able to likely win in court. I like this name much better than the old one so I’m more willing to stick up for it :)

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