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Humorless Comedy Central show demands battlebots.org domain

[Battlebots (think robots mauling each other) is quite a decent show, and 
it's a shame to see that their lawyers are just as censorhappy as anyone 
else's. The TV show already owns battlebots.com; now they're gunning for 
battlebots.org. The .org domain apparently has nothing to do with 
real-world robots and everything to do with IRC 'bots, a recognizably 
different species. I'll forward replies from aforementioned humorless 
lawyers or comedy-impaired company representatives if they feel they can 
publicly defend this shoddy practice of theirs. --DBM]


Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 19:05:14 -0700
To: declan@well.com
From: Warren [last name and email address deleted --DBM]
Subject: The battle over battlebots.org

This small ISP's dilemma may interest the politech list.

Basically the owner is being sued for the domain name although he 
registered the domain name before the Battlebots TV show registered the 
name as a Trademark.

Also could you leave my e-mail address anonymous?
Thank you


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