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Ron Paul files complaint with UN agency in fight over namesake website

by  |  published on February 14, 2013

Libertarian folk hero and retired Rep. Ron Paul is fighting to take the domain name from a legion of loyal supporters. And he’s turning to an unlikely source for help, filing a complaint with an agency of the United Nations — a body he’s criticized for years.

The site owners’ response: “That’s not cool! We want our old pre-retirement Ron Paul back!”

The Texas Republican and three-time presidential candidate filed the complaint Friday with the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization.

Paul argues at length in his complaint that he should have the domain name — as well as one for — for free because he already has a common law trademark on his name.

Paul attorney David Warrington said the situation is a private arbitration that was arranged by the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which was organized under California law.

He said WIPO was needed to settle the dispute because the domain-name owners used a foreign registrar to get the domain name.

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