Looking for the original site (built with Carrd)? It can no longer be published by Carrd, but I've republished here.
“What's in a name?" - William Shakespeare, 'Romeo & Juliet'
April 11th, 2020 - I registered this domain name, and shortly after published a site via website builder Carrd, whose sites are hosted by IBM Cloud.
April 20th, 2020 - a trademark was registered for the word 'archewell'.
October 21st, 2020 (according to Carrd) - IBM Cloud received a cease & desist missive (see contents), the basis of which was the assertion that authorisation from the trademark holders was required to register the domain. You can now see given the dates, that is in fact probably erroneous. Nevertheless, some time later, IBM Cloud gave Carrd 72h to delete the website, otherwise risk having all 200k+ of their sites pulled offline.
March 5th, 2021 - Carrd deleted the website and the domain went to a 404. Upon my complaint, they refused to re-publish the site (citing danger to other sites), or even query IBM Cloud's decision (citing workload), though they shared above information as explanation.
March 7th, 2021 - I published this website using other services. It's primary goal is now - for as long as it can stay up - to inform other online content creators about the danger of relying (directly or indirectly) on services who side with spurious cease & desist letters from expensive lawyers immediately without attempting to judge validity or facilitating any right to reply. People are invited to share the website to help others become aware.
March 8th, 2021 - I published on my personal blog a commentary post to more freely discuss the cultural significance of the case with regard to the specific individuals represented by the lawyers, comprised of the sections: "Naivety about controlling the Internet", "Don’t Cease: Resist!", "The Shoe on the Other Foot", "Moral Leadership".
April 11th, 2021&beyond - this domain name will auto-renew. Unfortunately for me this comes at personal cost, but the benefit will be it can continue to promote awareness of this issue if people share it.
Some words to capture the moment:
"All's well that arche well" - Laurence Warner, CrystalCUBED
P.S. I believe my fellow British Subject of yore Mr. Shakespeare published something similar to those words once. But wait a minute, he didn't get my authorisation! Which play was it, definitely a History, maybe one of the Kings? King Henry the...ninth perhaps? No, not that.
Well anyway, if anyone knows any expensive lawyers who could help me get in touch with Mr. Shakespeare's publishers, I would love to hear from you!
The poor neglected contact form which was on the original page no longer works, but you can still easily find an email via our website (still linked in signature at the bottom of every page).
Who knows, maybe we could actually instead try getting in touch with Mr. Shakespeare directly. We might be able to co-operate on a fair solution to promote the better understanding of words, and won't even need to try and get his plays banned!