Comment: Hi Fishy,

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Hi Fishy,

I usually agree with you on most things. However, claiming a trademark under which you have been operating commercially is a long established principal originally established under common law. Under English Common Law, the owners of RonPaul.com have done what is known as "Passing Off." It was a violation of law 200 years ago, and it is still a violation to this day. Establishing a common law trademark has nothing to do with fame (a politician's name is not automatically trademarked), it has to do with protecting an individual who consistently engages in commercial activity (selling books, speaking for money, etc.) under the same "Mark". RP's legal team has an iron clad case under common law without relying on statutory law dreaded by Libertarians.

I DO agree that this situation could have been handled with a bit of congeniality and much more tact.. RP's legal team did not need to take such an aggressive posture.

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