Glenn Beck loses and wins domain name case
Handed site after doing satirist's work for him
Conspiraloon Glenn Beck has lost, but also won, a case to win control of a domain he believed was infringing his copyright.
The Fox News reporter lost the case, but won back the web address anyway.
Florida resident Isaac Eiland-Hall had registered the domain glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com. The website, now sadly gone, asked world shaking questions like: "Did Glenn Beck Murder and Rape a Young Girl in 1990?"
But a disclaimer at the bottom of the page gave the game away. It said:
Notice: This site is parody/satire. We assume Glenn Beck did not rape and murder a young girl in 1990, although we haven’t yet seen proof that he didn’t. But we think Glenn Beck definitely uses tactics like this to spread lies and misinformation.
Beck took the case to the World Intellectual Property Organisation claiming trademark rights on this own name.
Eiland-Hall wrote to Beck and handed over the site voluntarily even though WIPO ruled in his favour on grounds of satire.
In a letter he pointed out to Beck that his actions had turned a tiny internet meme into a big story. ®
Let's get this clear ...
Did Glenn Beck rape then murder a young girl in 1990? Or did he murder then rape her? I've heard both accusations. Which was it? Or did he actually murder two young girls in 1990, murdering then raping one, and raping then murdering the other. I think it fair that the facts be put on the table. I do wonder why Fox News continue to employ an alleged serial rapist and murderer. What else might they be hiding?
Trademark in a name?
"Beck took the case to the World Intellectual Property Organisation claiming trademark rights on this (sic) own name."
Can anyone claim trademark rights on their own name? How are they enforced? Should new parents be checking with WIPO to ensure their offspring has a unique name? Do you have to change your name if you infringe someone else's trademark?
South Park rip on him last night!
They don't actually mention his name, but its all him, all parody, awesome.