Not much of a post... just a rant. Believe it or not, Bulgaria has some interesting rules on intellectual property. Shocking I know. As you may know, I have a publishing company. Eastern European Concepts and Consulting. Or EECC for short. I was able to get a .bg domain quite easily for this company because according to Bulgarian rules you can only have an Internet domain if it is your name or your company's name. However, I also wanted an Internet domain that was more appropriate for publishing comics. I wanted the domain www.comics.bg. In order to get this domain I either had to publish a magazine entitled www.comics.bg or trademark the name www.comics.bg. Absolutely stifling rules, but them are the rules. So last year we applied for the trademark. And then we started publishing a magazine entitled... www.comics.bg.
Last week, I received my official rejection letter from the patent and trademark office of Bulgaria. Now I have a month or two to continue using comics.bg. After which I will now need to show my continued publication of www.comics.bg over the last year.
The .bg domain names are some of the most spam free domains around, now you know why.