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Ron Paul Wants His Domain Back

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul wants his domain back

Gawker and Mediaite.com are covering this battle for RonPaul.com, from the Mediaite article:The group behind the sites announced Friday that Paul had filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization, “a global governing body that is an agency of the United Nations” to “expropriate the two domain names from his supporters without compensation.”

The creators of the site said, ” we put our lives on hold and invested 5 years of hard work into Ron Paul, RonPaul.com and Ron Paul 2012.” His presidential campaign fell short, but the enthusiasm lived on as supporters continued to rally around this free enterprise Messiah.”

Apparently the owners offered Ron Paul the .org as a gift if they could keep the .com. Ron Paul did not accept that proposal. When he rejected that offer, they proposed to sell Paul both domains along with the 170,000 person email list for $250,000, an offer he also rejected.

Read the full articles and the many comments on Mediaite.com and Gawker.com

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  • Bako.com February 10, 2013, 2:21 am

    What normally happens in a case like this? They are obviously using the website to make money off his name. I have a movie stars name and I was getting a lot of fan mail, so I took the site down thinking the guy would sue me lol. So I am kind curious how this will end for them!

  • Raymond Hackney February 10, 2013, 2:43 am

    It will be interesting Bako they don’t all go the same way. They used this site to raise money for Ron Paul. He did not ask for it back then. It could go either way in my opinion.

  • 1808 February 10, 2013, 5:05 am

    He wants HIS domain back? Was it ever his? Raymond, this is a political figure. Different rules apply.

    It sounds like Ron Paul is just assuming he has rights.

    He’s a public political figure so he has no inherent rights to the domain beyond anyone else. Anyone can reg it and own it and profit from it, etc….

    I love Ron Paul, but he needs to get his head out of his ass and read the rules, and if he still feels the same way, then he’s a jerk.

  • Francois February 10, 2013, 9:41 am

    Should be interesting to follow this UDRP to see if fan sites can potentially lost their name…

  • Raymond Hackney February 10, 2013, 2:03 pm

    Francois in the realm of celebrity and public figure domains its all over the map. Oliver Stone paid $6,000 for his name and gave the seller a signed copy of a script, Cindy Crawford went the route of UDRP.

    As 1808 points out he is a political figure and it may be looked at differently and they were raising money for Ron Paul.

    http://www.hybriddomainer.com/2012/01/its-all-over-the-place-in-the-world-of-celebrity-domains.html

  • jin February 10, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Hello,

    What is going to happen is, since the owner wanted money is showing badfaith.

    If they have NEVER asked for money, then it would be entire different case, but since it involves money therefore, FAN who is domainer, wanted money and registered in bad faith to cash out one day .

    good luck will wait for decision, good luck to both parties.

  • John Colascione February 12, 2013, 6:18 am

    I think Ron Paul will win this domain grab, becuase he is a living person, and I believe you can not register a domain name of a living person and win a dispute for the domain. Wasn’t this rule put into effect within the last few years? Even if not, I still think Ron Paul will get this domain.

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