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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, 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

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 DallasTexas on 2/18/2006 9:19:43 AM , Rating: 0
That's exactly the idea that this guy has - to leverage the equity of the Dell Brand. That is why he is being sued and I agree he should get his ass sued.

Companies are responsible for protecting their brand, if they do not, every schmuck can exactly what this del guy is doing. It is their responsibility to take these leaches to court and protect their shareholders.

Most of the goofs in here don't understand this and think it's just dandy for Joe Kodak to open up his site.

He is right.
By Griswold on 2/18/2006 9:51:04 AM , Rating: 4
The only goof here is you, as this man is clearly older than the brand "Dell" paired with the fact that he has been running this site for several years, it is totally legit (if you apply common sense) that he is using his own name, which happens to be his companies name as well (just like Michael Dell names his sucky company just "Dell"). Why does the smaller one has to give in? His website doesnt even remotely look like a site of that other Dell company.

Crap like this happens way too much, the big dog bullies around the small man just because they can - not because there is any good reason for it. And I'm sure they didnt even try to solve this matter in a civilized manner.

Here's why you're an idiot
By DallasTexas on 2/18/06, Rating: -1
RE: Here's why you're an idiot
By overclockingoodness on 2/18/2006 10:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. It's not about morals, it's about laws. Dell has to protect its brand if they want to continue to use it. Right now, they can do that easily with a single guy, but once people realize that Dell isn't going to protect their brand, we might have 100 different companies pop-up with 'Dell' in their name. And then Dell would lose its trademark on the name.

It's not a matter of big vs. small company. The website guy could've sued Dell if Dell was starting out now, but that's not the case.

And the idea: "Why can't Dell change its name?" What kind of an ignorant question is that? Dell has spent millions into building a brand, and brand is everything. Dell would die if it had to change its name. Some of you are so anti-big companies that you babble on for no reason.

RE: Here's why you're an idiot
By bbomb on 2/18/2006 11:54:07 AM , Rating: 2
So the guy should be required by law to change his real name too because Micheal Dell said he has too so that family member wont be confused either? The guy is using his name in his companies name just like Micheal Dell did and I see nothing wrong with that. Whos to say that Micheal Dell isnt stealing customers from

All companies should be banned from using any form of their name in the company name plain and simple and stupid little lawsuits like this where Dell simply wants to force a man into bankrupcy and homelessness with the sole intent of ruining his life as much as possible will end.

RE: Here's why you're an idiot
By MrSmurf on 2/18/2006 3:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
You can change your name to Micheal Dell if that pleases you but the moment you start telling people you're the actual Micheal Dell and using that name to your benefit (or against him), yes, you can be sued by him.

But comparing your personal name to the name of a website is asnine and your logic is seriously flawed.

RE: Here's why you're an idiot
By mindless1 on 2/18/2006 4:06:37 PM , Rating: 2
If you tell people you're Micheal Dell and that IS your legal name, no you cannot be sued for that. There is no reference nor measures to attempt suggestion of this Guy's website being affiliated with Dell Computers. Writing "you can be sued" is pointless, sure you can be sued for anything and that doesn't make it valid rather than an abuse of the legal system.

By DallasTexas on 2/18/06, Rating: -1
RE: Here's why you're an idiot
By metallic on 2/18/2006 2:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
A brand is a item protected by trademark. Still sure you know how things work?

RE: Here's why you're an idiot
By Griswold on 2/27/2006 1:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
Somebody should beat some common sense into you, that is for sure. Brand, trademark or not, this is pathetic and the reasoning is pathetic as well as people like you who defend Dell Corp. are pathetic.

By Christopher1 on 2/18/2006 7:06:31 PM , Rating: 1
The problem is, this guy owned the rights to this website name LONG before Dell ever got into the internet market.
Therefore, Dell should either pay him millions of dollars for the website, should back off, or should have their case dismissed.
It also the fact that his website is named after HIMSELF. That is what the court is going to look at, and they are going to be extremely skeptical of Dell computers claims.

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