Glenn Beck's Lawyers Fight 'Defamatory' Domain Name

Joke site says Fox host raped, murdered a girl
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2009 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Can a domain name be defamatory? When that domain name is GlennBeckRapedandMurderedaYoungGirlin1990.com, maybe it can be, Ars Technica reports. Beck’s lawyers were on the case within 2 days. They’ve both pressured its host to give up the name of the site’s anonymous proprietor, and filed a trademark complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization. The site’s a joke, based on a Gilbert Gottfried bit during a roast of Bob Saget (see video).

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“Why won’t Glenn Beck deny these allegations?” the site asks, poking fun at the “birther” controversy. But one lawyer tells Ars Technica that although the trademark claims are “preposterous,” a defamation or libel suit could hold water. The domain name itself could be seen as a separate piece of information, coming up on search engines without any disclaimer. “I don’t think ‘Ha ha, it’s a joke’ at the end gets you off.” (Read more Glenn Beck stories.)

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