Comment: ICANN

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ICANN

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, based in Los Angeles: http://www.icann.org/ This is where you go to file a dispute against a cyber-squatter, you don't do it at your city hall.

Using the ICANN Procedure:

In 1999, ICANN adopted and began implementing the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDNDRP), a policy for resolution of domain name disputes. This international policy results in an arbitration of the dispute, not litigation. An action can be brought by any person who complains (referred to by ICANN as the "complainant") that:

1. a domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights (Ron Paul is his name and he is a public figure. No one associates it with Ron Paul from Anchorage, AK or Mobile, AL)

2. the domain name owner has no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name (the campaign is over, Dr. Paul has left politics).

3. the domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith (holding Dr. Paul hostage for payment)

All of these elements must be established in order for the complainant to prevail. If the complainant prevails, the domain name will be canceled or transferred to the complainant. However, financial remedies are not available under the UDNDRP.

Dr. Paul is going to prevail.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo