Comment: Anti Copyright and Anti Patent

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Anti Copyright and Anti Patent

I'm with Adam Kokesh, the constitution is wrong when it comes to copyrights and patents. Trademarks are a different thing, though. They fall under the category of standards, cousin to "weights and measures". If a group were to call themselves Microsoft, and I came along and called myself Microsoft in an attempt to misdirect users to my services, that would be fraud.

Perhaps one of the most notorious cases of a misdirecting domain name is WhiteHouse.com. Back in the 1990's, it was common to hear news reporters say, "For an official response on the Clinton - Lewinsky sex scandal, visit WhiteHouse.com". Well, at the time, that was a porn site. The news reporters quickly came back to correct themselves, saying it's "WhiteHouse.org". That, too, was a porn site. Because the sites weren't externally linked, they didn't even need to have "Are you over 18?" cover pages. Plus, I live in Winchester, VA, home of White House, an apple company over 100 years old. They ended up buying WhiteHouseFoods.com, even though most of their literature simply calls them "White House".

A prominent HVAC company in Winchester, L P Strosnyder, got into a dispute with Winchester Wireless, a company that was supposed to set up their website. The dispute ended with L P Strosnyder cancelling service. Anyone curious where http://www.lpstrosnyder.com goes now?

I don't know if Ron Paul has made any personal explanation as to why he wouldn't have accepted the "free offer" from the site owners, but I agree that he is within his rights, both legally and ethically, to gain ownership.

Michael Nystrom's fists can punch through FUD.