What's in a name?
An enterprising American University (the one in D.C. -- not YourGenericAmericanUniversity) undergraduate chose to call his [name of the university president].com. www.bendladner.com. American University President Benjamin Ladner is suing, "saying the site unfairly trades on 'the goodwill' associated with Ladner's name."
The Washington Post article implies that the AU president's case doesn't look strong for some reasons that surprised me -- the"goodwill" argument and the"trademark" argument don't seem to work -- Ted Turner and Jerry Falwell have evidently failed to win challenges on that basis, and (as the article almost asks), have YOU ever heard of Ben Ladner?
comments powered by Disqus
Michael C Tinkler - 9/13/2004
Would that depend on if they are holding themselves out as the person? All the fan sites get away with variations on the stars' names, after all.
Ralph E. Luker - 9/13/2004
I'm sure that people more knowledgable than I am have looked at this, but it occurs to me that something like this might be challenged under the same legal authority by which identity theft is prosecuted.
- ISIS is destroying both Shia and Sunni shrines and buildings in Mosul
- Study: Violent radicalism in UK isn't associated with poverty
- CONFIRMED: the Shrine of Jonah/Mosque of Yunus (Nineveh, Mosul, Iraq) has been destroyed
- Chinese President Xi Jinping: Nobody can change history
- Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again
- Historian who calls bull&%$@ on July 4th parade causes controversy
- This is what motivated history students in high school and middle school can do!
- Obama to award National Humanities Medals to 3 historians
- Historian Curt Gentry, known for Hoover biography and ‘Helter Skelter,’ dies at 83
- Harvard historian: strategy of climate science denial groups 'extremely successful'