A story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution point out how important it is for all businesses and “famous” persons to engage in defensive domain registrations.
The story tells the tale of MartinLutherKing.org, which is owned and operated “””by a white supremacist group called Stormfront, described by one watchdog organization as the largest “hate group” online. It has used King’s name for its Web address since 1999.”””
Unfortunately according to the article if you type the term Martin Luther King into Google the .org comes up third, ahead of the “official” site thekingcenter.org.
According to the article, King’s heirs, have known about the site for more than two years
Isaac Newton Farris Jr., King’s nephew and head of the nonprofit King Center in Atlanta, said he’d sent the site’s operator threatening letters and offers of money to shut it down since then, but that they were ignored. Farris said he consulted lawyers, but has not approved filing a lawsuit.
Everyone should all remember that you grow your businesses into successful companies, or for those that gain fame and notoriety, there are those waiting to make money off your success or on occasion, to use your own success, to attack you.