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!