Free speech or cybersquatting?
Date: Tuesday July 16 2002, @12:18PM
Topic: Lawsuits and Judicial Decisions

fnord writes "Declan McCullagh's politechbot list carries the story of William Purdy, an anti-abortionist who is registering domain names similar or identical to US newspapers he considers editorially pro-choice, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, and just for good measure, Coke, Pepsi, and McDonalds. He then points the domain names to sites with domain names like abortionismurder.org and abortioncams.com (a controversial site intending to publish the photos of women who have abortions, Declan previously covered that here). Purdy is collecting and ignoring a flood of cease and desist letters, so more courts may soon weigh in on the question posed by the title."

That question just keeps geting more complex, and the ACPA and UDRP clearly weren't born to answer it. -g

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Re: Free speech or cybersquatting?
by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Sunday July 21 2002, @10:10AM (#7996)
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Pure and simply cyberquatting and immoral stupidity in my book.

I don't agree with it.
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Re: Free speech or cybersquatting?
by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday July 24 2002, @01:34AM (#8070)
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Purdy has now been ordered by a US federal court to shut down his sites and transfer the domain names to the respective trademark holders. One waits to see what will happen with pepsideathmills.com. Will Pepsi have to continue to renew the registration in perpetuity? Purdy has also been ordered not to create more websites with names similar to the trademark holders. If Pepsi has an abortion policy, there may well be other corps out there he could find to do the same thing against. Confusingly, the judge also ordered that Purdy not put up sites that don't alert Internet users to the nature of the Web site's content within the domain name. Does that mean pepsideathmills-thisisaprotestsite.com would be OK, or that abortionismurder.com isn't, and should instead be abortionismurder-thissitecontainsgraphicimages.com? Purdy, who represented himself, says he will appeal. -g
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Re: Free speech or cybersquatting?
by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday July 16 2002, @04:25PM (#7919)
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Other than pointing his domain names to other domain names (and content), what other actual use is he making of them? I fail to see your point. So his conduct is to point to other sites. Whether or not they have content and what that means, and whether different kinds of content can mean different things, and if they can, what are they, are all questions that ACPA and the UDRP themselves don't really address. Do the resultant rulings? Somewhat, and it's all over the map so far with no end in sight.

Also, in most of the cases listed on the politechbot story the names are not identical to trademarks. -g

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