Musician’s “sheriff” tries to scare the wrong guy.
Domain investor Michael Berkens’ company Worldwide Media, Inc. has sued (pdf) musician Bryan Adams and his company Adams Communications Inc after the musician’s representative sent a bizarre demand letter.
Berkens bought the domain PointLookout.com in February 2017 when it was auctioned off in an expired domain name auction. He was apparently drawn to the name because it represents a number of geographic locations.
On April 1, 2017 Adams’ representatives at Web Sheriff sent a bizarre demand letter to Worldwide Media. The letter is chock-full of scary terms like “criminal fraud”, ” anti-moneylaundering” and “criminal remedies”. Essentially, it was demanding that Berkens hand over the domain name PointLookout.com to Bryan Adams.
Web Sherrif appears to mostly represent musicians around piracy matters, hence the crazy language in its demand letter.
Because of the threats, Worldwide Media, with the help of attorney John Berryhill, filed suit against Adams and his company asking for declaratory relief and for the threats to cease.
Once again, this is a reminder that companies should be careful before firing off broad demand letters without fully evaluating the circumstances and parties.