Look, coming in 2013 a Ron Paul vs Paulbots cagematch!
Ron Paul is feuding with his rabid fan own rabid fan base over the ownership of ronpaul.com. Paul wants it, but his fans own it. They’re willing to sell it to him… for a price Paul doesn’t agree with. So now he’s taken the dispute all the way to the United Nations.
Paul was interviewed by Conservative radio show host Alex Jones at the beginning of January and said he wished he had control of ronpaul.com. It’s not an uncommon wish. Everyone wants to own theirname.com. The site was registered by his fans years ago, though it’s unclear who exactly owns the domain. Ownership have protected their identity from public searches. Regardless, Paul supporters have used the site as an organizational tool to help the popular libertarian since.
The proprietors of ronpaul.com say they reached out to the retired politicain and offered him ronpaul.org as a free gift, but if he “insisted” on owning ronpaul.com then they would sell it to him. There was a catch, though. It would be part of a “liberty package” with the site’s 170,000 person mailing list for… wait for it… $250,000.
After declining the Paulbots offer he’s going straight to the UN.
…But Paul did not respond to their generous offer. Instead, he went to the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization to file a 13 page complaint asking for control of both domains. Oops! Paul’s opting for legal action is notable because he’s spoken out against the U.N. in the past. They generally aren’t very popular among libertarians. They aren’t so bad now that he wants control of his own name’s website.
And now his fans are pissed…