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05|13|2008 05:05 pm EDT

Call Girl Goes After Girls Gone Wild For Cybersquatting

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

ashley dupreAshley Alexandra Dupre, the reported mistress of former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against MRA Holdings, producers of the popular Girls Gone Wild videos. Among the many allegations, the filing cites violations of the Lanham Act including cybersquatting domain names. Other Lanham violations include profiting from trademark infringement, false designation of origin, false represenation and false description of goods. Dupre’s attorneys claim that the company and/or agents are cybersquatting by owning and using several domain names which contain Dupre’s name such as AshleyDupre.net GirlsGoneWildAshleyDupre.com, and AshleyDupreCallGirl.com.

MRA Holdings and Mantra have experience with domain name law, at least in the arbitration process. The company has gone after domain name owners through arbitration at NAF on a number of domains such as girlsgonewildusa.com and girlsgonwild.com. MRA have also been sued plenty of times, Duprey’s attorneys may have a hard time proving some of these allegations.

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4 Comments

Mak Ossa

May 13, 2008 @ 6:05 pm EDT

This is ridiculous and it is going to be an uphill battle for Ashley Dupre and her legal team. By the way, the name

fx

May 13, 2008 @ 7:01 pm EDT

she’s used the name “Ashley Dupre” in commerce. Most totably to sell over $1m worth of her songs on that music site. Point is, her name doesnt neet to be trademark to have acquired distrinctive rights and protection.

David

May 15, 2008 @ 1:32 am EDT

Point is, her name doesnt neet to be trademark to have acquired distrinctive rights and protection.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode15/usc_sec_15_00001129—-000-.html

(A) Civil liability
Any person who registers a domain name that consists of the name of another living person, or a name substantially and confusingly similar thereto, without that person

David

May 15, 2008 @ 1:35 am EDT

Forgot to add this:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode15/usc_sec_15_00001125—-000-.html

(d) Cyberpiracy prevention
(1)
(A) A person shall be liable in a civil action by the owner of a mark, including a personal name which is protected as a mark under this section, if, without regard to the goods or services of the parties, that person

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