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.
Looks more like harrassment and degradation of character than free speech.
the site is obvious parody, not defamation of character, hence the WIPO decision. protecting free speech is critical, so please think twice before you argue against freedom.
and what Chris Cox and his wife profit off of looks a lot more like mass murder than the Second Amendment but that hasn’t stopped them, so
I agree with Josh.
“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
I am surprised that the lobbyist has not reg’d
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This inspires a fresh donation to the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. Chris Cox is THE MAN.
I’m a proud, long time NRA member living in a very anti-gun U.S. state.
Chris Kier says
Not anti-gun, just pro-regulation!
Marsha Mills Kolich says
Chris Cox promotes and sells weapons of mass murder!
Brilliant Betsy Riot!