From the Washington Post:
Indianapolis native Kerry Edwards is feeling pretty good today about his decision to immortalize his name on the Web six years ago.
On Tuesday morning, shortly after Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) announced that Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) would be his 2004 running mate, the 34-year-old bail bondsman and owner of www.kerryedwards.com said he took down the picture of his child that graced the Web site and put up a for-sale sign.
It didn’t take long for the phone to ring.
“Our campaign did inquire about KerryEdwards.com, but because of the money they were asking for we took a pass,” said Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan. He said Edwards wanted a five-figure payment. . . .
I’m pretty sure Kerry Edwards’ actions don’t violate the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. I also suspect that they don’t violate Kerry’s and Edwards’ right of publicity, though that’s a bit more up in the air, given the vagueness of that right. And when it comes time to the smell test, it seems that the domain name owner’s being named Kerry Edwards, and having registered your domain in 1998, would make judges lean in the owner’s direction, even though he’s now trying to exploit the fact that people would go to the site thinking it’s related to the campaign. So pay the man his money, folks.