Customer: My name is ***** *****, I have been selling Thomas Kinkade art for 11 years in my brick and mortar store and my website www.thomaskinkadeonline.com. 6 months ago, I was forced to sign a "dealer agreement" with the Thomas Kinkade Company in order to continue to sell their product which I was dependent on for survival of my business
. Yesterday, I received a letter stating the Thomas Kinkade Company wants to go corporate and I have 30 days left to sell after which, I must cease using my domain name and I am obligated to assign this domain to the company. This announcement completely surprised me and I have worked 11 years with this domain name, built it up to a very successful online business and have customers who have even favorited this site for purchasing later. Now I have to transfer it to them, allowing them to transfer it to their website www.thomaskinkade.com so they can profit off all my hard work? No way. Problem is, I signed an agreement to do this and it's in the agreement I'm obligated to do this. But it's an agreement and I'm hoping not deemed legal especially under the circumstances.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: It should all be there. I don't mind making the site go dormant but I'm not going to allow them to simply take it and profit off all my work.
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