Man, I'm tempted to dump $500 into prosper just so I can join.
I was thinking the same thing. Maybe a $30 site donation instead would work?
Are they going to go after all these people also....
They use prosper in their name too...
What a joke...I mean I can really see someone looking for prosper.com and mis-type prosperreport...
It is not about mistyping the names. It is about using a trademark. No matter what you think of Prosper, they are certainly within their right to sue. However, they probably would not be able to take down any name with Prosperity in it that you mentioned.
Similar example was the Olympics, try registering a domain name with Olympiad or Olympics in the title and throw up a website there. Apparently, even though the Greeks started these games thousands of years ago, the name is actually trademarked. They are on a rampage to try to get all these domain names back if anyone tries to use them for something. The only exception being "Special Olympics." If you just hold the name and don't do anything with it, they usually let you keep i because it does not interfere with their search engine results and they are happy to let you carry the annual domain name costs since they know if you ever use it they can force you to take it down.
Olympics started their campaign all the way back in 2000
and continue until the year 2007
. I don't believe that I have ever seen the IOC lose one of these cases.