CarlyFiorina.org – Carly Fiorinia: A Cautionary Tale for Political Candidates, Famous People, and the Rest of Us, Too
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The world is really run by the Web. There’s so much information out there that you can click and keep going down the rabbit hole finding stuff.
– Big Boi
CarlyFiorina.org was registered on December 19, 2014, presumably by a former disgruntled employee of Hewlett-Packard (HP).
For good reason, the domain is registered under Contact Privacy, Inc, a privacy service out of Canada.
Politifact.com believes that the registrant of CarlyFiorina.org is a cybersquatter, but he or she is NOT. He or she is NOT monetizing this domain but using this valuable piece of the web to exercise his or her free speech rights, in this case making a definitive statement about Ms. Fiorina’s job-killing activities while she was CEO at HP.
No visitor would ever mistake this site as being pro-Carly Fiorina, and, therefore, there is no trademark or name infringement.
The first rule of running for political office (OR if you enjoy any kind name recognition): secure your domain name in all the major extensions (.com, .net, .org, .us – if a U.S. citizen) before announcing that you are about to announce, even if you have to pay an aftermarket price.
Anyway, not all political name holders are squatters.
For example, the owner of TedCruz.com is named Ted Cruz; he supports President Obama and immigration reform.
I also know someone who has the same name as a well-known star and has received huge offers for his matching domain (my acquaintance has refused).
Although I’m not a known name, I secured JenniferSempleSiegel.com, my full name, in 2001, plus (later) I registered: JenniferSiegel.com and JenniferSemple.com.
Even unknowns can have their names squatted for nefarious purposes (spamming and scamming); once, some lowlife tried to sell me my full name in an alternate extension (I ignored his email).
If an unknown like me can think to secure my piece(s) of the web (which I did before I became interested in domain names), then why are politicians and their people/handlers so stupid about this simple fix that could potentially mean the difference between a successful and failed campaign?
I just don’t get it.