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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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Exactly!
By DallasTexas on 2/18/2006 12:05:37 PM , Rating: -1
You are spot on. The ways brand copyright law is written is that if you fail to protect your brand, you will lose the right to own it. Companies not only have the right to protect their brand assets, they are obligated to by their shareholders.

It is, however, facinating to see the arguments that people have in support of this guy. It really has everyting to do with people's natural instinct to support the 'little guy' and throw laws out the window. The slippery slope of allowing every Joe Dell, Bill Kellogg and Ronald McDonald to open up shop on the web is completely oblvious. Good grief.


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