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The computer company allegedly offered to purchase the site from Mr. Dell several years ago, but the deal was never completed

Paul Dell, owner of DellWebSites.com, an online web site design service, is being targeted by the online PC vendor Dell.  Dell is allegedly committing "an act of parasitism" and creates "a risk of confusion" for consumers, according to Dell attorneys.  Dell is being sued for $120,000 in damages to Dell America, $60,000 to Dell France, each remaining Dell company $48,000 and $600 for each time the word Dell is used on his web site.

(Paul) Dell is going to fight the charges in court, but it is obvious that his legal battle with the company will most likely be shortlived.  Several years ago a similar case occurred when Mike Rowe was served cease and desist letters for MikeRoweSoft.com.

Update 02/20/2006:  We have been informed that the computer company Dell never made an offer to purchase the domain from Paul Dell.


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RE: technically, he may be right but
By ATWindsor on 2/18/2006 7:52:07 AM , Rating: 2
Why doesn't dell come up with a new name? Is it really that hard? (Why is it the small company that should give away and change their name?)

I can't help to feel that if dell had been a small company, their chance of winning would be significantly less.


By brshoemak on 2/18/2006 9:31:23 AM , Rating: 3
"No way. Why should I change? He's the one who sucks."

-Michael Bolton, Office Space

too easy


By msva124 on 2/18/2006 10:20:38 AM , Rating: 2
Dell Computer coming up with a new name would involve millions of dollars in marketing costs and losing many customers who were loyal to the Dell brand but didn't get the message about the name change. Would the decrease in profits be enough to necessitate a round of layoffs? It's hard to tell.

Dellwebsites.com coming up with a new name would essentially involve the website owner swallowing his pride. I find it hard to believe that his website makes any money to begin with, judging by its poor quality. He stands to make a lot more money by soliciting donations to his "legal defense fund". The whole thing looks very suspicious to me.

You're right, Dell Computer should change their name. I was wrong.


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