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Politician Domain Names are Protected Under U.S. Trademark Law

traverselegal - May 7, 2015 - Cybersquatting Law

We are starting to see a flood of articles in the mainstream media about politicians failing to register their personal names as domain names, or variations thereof.  Rand Paul recently purchased RandPaul.com for $100,000.00 from someone who appears to be in violation of the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) under the theory that it is quicker and easier to simply purchase the domain name than to assert legal rights under the ACPA and United States Trademark Law.  While it is no doubt true that politician domain names can be purchased from cybersquatters more quickly than is often available through court proceedings, a good ACPA lawyer would of certain sent a threat letter prior into entering into negotiations.  The cybersquatting attorneys at Traverse Legal represent numerous clients in the politician domain name space.  If you are a politician whose name has been registered as a domain name by someone without any rights in that name, you should contact one of our domain name attorneys for more information.  If you have been accused of cybersquatting for registering a domain name which includes in whole or in part a politician’s personal name or political slogan, we can advise you as well.  Whether or not it’s a first name, last name or combination, there are legal rights which should be understood and discussed before making any decisions or entering into any discussions with another party about a domain name which includes a politician name.  For more information concerning national, state or local elected officials who have had their domain names registered by third parties, you can check out these articles:

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