Feeds

Politico sues politico

Cease and desist nonsense du jour

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

UK right-wing blog Tory-Politico.com has been hit with a cease and desist order from US site politico.com.

The lawyer's letter claims the domain name is "confusingly similar to the POLITICO mark in that it wholly incorporates the "Politico" mark and merely adds the descriptive word 'tory' to the Domain Name."

Even stranger, the ambulance chasers then use Alexa.com rankings to claim that as only 57.3 per cent of its traffic comes from the UK, much of its remaining visitors must be from the US.

Capitol News, the owners of Politico.com, which has been covering the US political scene since 2007, demands an end of all use of the name Tory Politico and transfer of the domain within ten days.

Jason Brown, founder and editor of Tory Politico, told The Reg: "We have been online since March last year. I was well aware of politico.com, and of Politico Publishing - a UK firm and of course its wider use as a normal word. I'm refusing to change the domain or hand it over to them. I imagine they will escalate this. I would like to take it to ICANN arbitration rather than pay a fortune in legal fees."

The site disputes Alexa's figures, preferring Google Analytics, which reckons their readers are 85 per cent UK based and 5 per cent from the US.

Brown ends by warning Soho Politico.com - which describes itself as: "Gay male, mid-twenties, living in London's Soho. I blog on UK politics from a left-liberal perspective, and on LGBT issues" - to watch out for a similar legal letter. ®

Brown's full post is here.

Bootnote

Just for reference, The Oxford American Desk Dictionary and Thesarus (2001 edition) gives the defintion of politico as: noun, colloquial, politician.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.