Uhhh boy. The putatively well-oiled Obama machine really blew this one.
It seems the group Organizing for Action announced its existence AND THEN tried to register domain names. And so, organizingforaction.com, organizingforaction.org, and organizingforaction.net are all IN THE HANDS OF REPUBLICANS, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Try out organizingforaction.net and see where you go . . .
Nice huh? Previously, the fast-moving dude who registered the address, a computer tech named Derek Bovard, had been directing traffic to the National Rifle Association. Now that’s one good way to give legions of Obama admirers a bonafide heart-stopping experience.
Bovard told the Obama folks, in essence, sorry guys, you lost, but you can buy it from me.
Organizing for Action decided to consult their friends in the trial bar instead and SUED to lift the name off of Bovard gratis. Get this:
The complaint argued that Organizing for Action had established “common law trademark rights” through media coverage and than Bovard registered the domain in “bad faith.”
But Bovard successfully countered that OFA did not have any presence when he registered the domain and that he had no intention of profiting by selling it to a third party.
The judge agreed:
In a decision issued last week, Karl V. Fink, a retired judge in Ann Arbor, Mich., concluded that Organizing for Action did not provide evidence that the name was “a distinctive identifier” of the group or that it owned any trademarks at the time.
Maybe you’ve never registered a domain name. It takes, literally, about 30 seconds to do. But for some reason, I’m pretty sure this happens all the time. A friend of mine once heard that a rival business was about to announce a big new public project, and so he checked – of course, they hadn’t registered the name of it. He did.
Bovard says Organizingforaction.net will be used to discuss conservative issues. And, no doubt, annoy the heck out of Organizing for Action.