Atheist Richard Dawkins Wins Domain Name Case
Monday, May 24th, 2010
Author and scholar wins domain name case.
Well-known atheist Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, has won the domain name RichardDawkins.com through an arbitration case at National Arbitration Forum. Dawkins’ main web site is RichardDawkins.net.
The owner of RichardDawkins.com claimed that he was using the domain name merely as a fan site for Dawkins. There were affiliate links on the web site that linked to various products related to Dawkins, but the owner claimed that those links were there in exchange for free web hosting.
In additional to being an expert on atheism, Dawkins appears to be good at convincing a three-member arbitration panel that he has common law rights to his name. In its decision, the panel wrote:
The Panel unanimously finds that Richard Dawkins has established a common law trademark in his name. The three Panel members agree that Mr. Dawkins has perhaps done the most thorough job in establishing the existence of the common law trademark in a personal name that any of the three panelists have seen.
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