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October 22, 2010 / Nate Harris

Mr. Smith Goes to the UDRP

Shari Claire Lewis has written a really interesting article on politicians and their domain names. In
Politicians’ Domain Names Prey to Cybersquatters,” New York Law Journal (October 20, 2010) she notes that “[m]embers of Congress have a terrible record when it comes to registering domain names corresponding to their own names”:

In particular, CADNA surveyed registrations of domain names in the popular dot-com and dot-org top-level domains, consisting of each U.S. representative’s first and last name or last name followed by the words “ForSenate” or “ForCongress.” According to CADNA, only one-quarter of the domain names were registered by the representative whose name it incorporated. Moreover, fewer than half of the members of the House and Senate were the registrants of the domain name version of their full names in dot-com.

In the context of politicians’ names, Ms. Lewis compares and contrasts the sometimes-differing approaches of the WIPO and the NAF with regard to personal names.