BIG mistake...one of the most protected TM's there is. If they allow it you may be okay. You may need to talk to them. Yes, you can. but it's probably not likely unless they think you made money on it. They may accept that, or they may want it turned over to them so no one else picks it up in a drop.
Your best move is proabably to turn it over without question. If they don't like your attitude, they could file a WIPO case and have you branded permanently as a cybersquatter. You either lose by default or spend time/money defending yourself in a case where you have no defense. Consider the $20 a lesson learned the hard way...
Hand it over free of charge, take the $20 loss...not worth the hassle....they might take offence you asking them for $20 and teach you an expensive lesson..just for something to do.......
I think that's fair...and in return you can help pay their legal fees. Most lawyers get $200-$500 per hour for billing. So let's say he has to draw up a contract to do this deal and of course the time for research and emailing. I would guess he could bill a minimum of one hour maybe even two. So yes...you get your $20 back and they get a few hundred. Seems fair to me...
You could go to WIPO but unless you're using it for something different.
Entirely it could be a hassle..
Since coca-colaindia.com is theirs..
Actually you might be able to put an information site up about.
Accusations of water shortages and negative environmental impacts.
Caused by nine bottling operations / factories used in the manufacture.
Of Coca-Cola products in India.
In April 2002, local residents from Plachimada village and human rights activists formed a struggle committee to campaign against the Coca-Cola factory in the Plachimada in the Palakkad District of Kerala, India. Since their protest began, two charities, CorpWatch and ActionAid,.
Have led in detailing observations and allegations on the impacts of nine bottling operations/factories used in the manufacture of Coca-Cola.
Products in India.
A summary of all the allegations for each bottling operation/factory is provided in this briefing..
In November 2003, Middlesex University SU tabled a resolution for the.
2004 NUS Conference that would end the NUS Services Coca-Cola contract. The issue was referred to NUS Services Convention.
Middlesex Students Union and the School of African and Oriental Studies Students.
Union submitted a motion to NUS Services Convention 2004 imposing conditions on Coca-Cola that would need to be met before any new.
Contract could be signed.
This motion was rejected in favour of a statement & motion from NUS Services Ethical & Environmental Committee..
Convention 2005 mandated the Committee to continue the process of constructive engagement, with guidelines concerning future contracts.
To be presented at Convention 2006..
NUS Services Ethical & Environmental Committee is currently involved in constructive engagement with The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola).
In relation to the issues outlined in this briefing.
Since your use of the domain is not capitalizing on the name but.
A public information site you might get away with it but personally.
I'd give it to them..
PS, ya shouldn't have tried to sell it to them.....
IMO, just give it back, forget the 20 bucks, relax, and have a chilled coca cola...
Thanks Toker for taking pain and time to send such a detailed reply.
I had not offered them the domain but had asked them if joint dev was possible - to run it as blog for Indian fans.
Anyway, decided to turn the domain to them.