According to Wired.com, the company RightHaven LLC which goes after blogs and publications for “unauthorized” use of copyrighted material has now filed suit against the DrudgeReport.com and seeks as part of the suit, the domain name.
Righthaven file suit on Wednesday on behalf of MediaNews, and “demands a Nevada federal judge to “direct Network Solutions, and any successor domain name registrar for the Drudge Report domain, to lock the Drudge Report domain and transfer control of the Drudge Report domain to Righthaven.” (.pdf) The suit also demands the judge order the same for drudgereportarchives.com, the archival site of drudgereport.com.”
In a 18 page complaint which also has 21 pages of exhibits, RightHaven demand the domains be turned over along with statutory damages and attorney fees.
It is still unclear under what authority a court can award a domain name to a complainant based on copyright infringement, but RightHaven has filed many such like suits but this is by far the biggest site is has gone after to the best of our knowledge.
It will be interesting to see how this one is sorted out.