Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Political Cybersquatting Or Free Speech?


"Although plenty of people have purchased politically linked domain names as a form of protest in the past, now they're being used as part of organized campaigns. In Maryland's 8th district Congressional race, Republican candidate Charles R. Floyd purchased three domain names ( that one might think would represent Democrat incumbent Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Instead, these sites carry criticism and a bit of mockery. Floyd says Van Hollen should've registered these domain names himself, and previously used the same tactic in the primary. Is this cybersquatting, or is it a fair expression of political speech?"

Now here is an interesting question. I think that it's actually pretty damn funny. Juvenile. But funny. Even if you think it's inappropriate (does anyone?), any cure in this case would be worse than the disease.