Group creates website juxtaposing NRA’s advocacy and successfully defends domain name in cybersquatting complaint.
Betsy Riot, a group that has railed against the National Rifle Association, has won a dispute brought by Courtney Cox, who is married to the NRA’s chief lobbyist and principal political strategist, Chris Cox.
Courtney Cox runs an interior design company called Ivy Lane Living. Betsy Riot registered the domain name Ivy-Lane-Living.com and created a parody site juxtaposing her business with the National Rifle Association. You can see the parody/criticism site here.
Cox filed a cybersquatting complaint against the domain name, but Betsy Riot has prevailed in a decision handed down by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
In a nutshell, the WIPO panelist determined that this wasn’t a case of cybersquatting and qualifies as free speech and a criticism site.
The group behind the website also owns waynelapierre.com, which is the name of the National Rifle Association’s Executive Vice President.