Forum Contributor 2011-2015
Just received an email from Jeffrey Powell to stop using the name Guardala since he owns it. Am I in trouble? This legal stuff is where I'm not good at.
Ford is a last name too, but you probably can't make a car that looks like a Mustang and call it a Ford Mustang.You could try to talk it over with him. Another thing to try would be to say "Guardala is a last name. You can't own a last name." I'm sure you can work something out.
or "in the spirit of" ...I think I'd go with the "Guarhama" myself but seriously - your work is well known and highly regarded by virtually everyone. At this point you've reached "critical mass" in terms of being know for producing a very high quality product and there's no need for you to use the Guardala name. Change the names if you need to and in the description just say "similar to ........".