Daily Caller now at KeithOlbermann.com?

posted at 9:30 am on July 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The surprise here is less that Keith Olbermann didn’t think to do this himself, but that it took this long for his critics to think about it.  Olbermann Watch has been operating for years as the online clearinghouse for the MSNBC host’s controversies, but they must have figured that Olbermann would certainly have done the basic due diligence of all public figures and purchase his eponymous domain name.  After a brief war on Twitter, Daily Caller did its own research and found the domain available:

The Daily Caller, one of the fastest-growing online media properties, announced today its acquisition of KeithOlbermann.com, expanding the company’s global reach into a new segment of the online political market.  For more than six months The Daily Caller has been a recognized market leader in commentary about Keith Olbermann.  Ruth Graham’s weekly Olbermann wrap-up, “We watch, because we’re paid to,” appears on The Daily Caller’s website each Friday.

“We plan to make The Daily Caller the one-stop online shop for Keith Olbermann commentary,” said Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson.  “We will be THE Keith Olbermann superstore.”

“This is part of our long-term growth strategy,” added Publisher and CEO Neil Patel.  “Our future acquisition targets include several other annoying cable news commentators.”

I suspect that the rest of the annoying cable news commentators are contacting hosting services as we speak to buy their own .com domains.  Frankly, that’s SOP for anyone in the business, especially for those who write books. Olbermann has written two, one with Dan Patrick during the ESPN days in 1998, and another in 2007 that repackaged his “special comment” rants about the Bush administration. Still, one would think that Olbermann would have wanted to promote those efforts himself.

Neil Patel is obviously placing his tongue firmly in his cheek with the “acquisition strategy” and rollout announcement.  It’s a parody of corporate communications, and a pretty humorous one at that.  That doesn’t mean they won’t exploit their new asset, of course, assuming they can hang on to it.  They already have a regular Olbermann column (“We watch because we’re paid to watch”) that tracks the host’s daily performance, and the new URL would be perfect for it.

However, Patel better enjoy it while he can.  I’d bet that the Daily Caller doesn’t get to use the name for long.  As I recall, courts have taken dim views of poaching eponymous domain names, and a concerted effort by MSNBC’s lawyers will likely return to Olbermann what he should have bought in the first place.  Meanwhile, keep checking KeithOlbermann.com to keep up with the war.

Note: For those who wonder, I bought my own eponymous domain name years ago.  I haven’t done much with it except as an e-mail domain, but it’s now redirecting to my public-figure page on Facebook.

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I am considering donating thebigvillageidiot.com name to Keith.

seven on July 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM

No biggie. I’ll bet QueefUberdouche.com is still available if he wants to start his own website.

Doughboy on July 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I always find things like this immature and stupid. Give the guy a heads up about the domain being available. He might be a dbag but the daily caller doesn’t have to act the same way.

Complete7 on July 15, 2010 at 9:35 AM

I have respect for them.

Even if I was PAID to watch Keith Olbermann every day, I’d probably kill myself.

dissent555 on July 15, 2010 at 9:37 AM

He’s such a self absorbed doofus – probably assumed his name as a domain is sacrosanct.

tru2tx on July 15, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Bravo Tucker!!

Brilliant!

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2010 at 9:42 AM

However, Patel better enjoy it while he can. I’d bet that the Daily Caller doesn’t get to use the name for long. As I recall, courts have taken dim views of poaching eponymous domain names…

My first thought on this…One can’t squat on a an eponymous url such as in this case. If Keith puts up a fuss, and you know he will, they’ll have to give it up.

JetBoy on July 15, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Heh. Well played, sir.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 15, 2010 at 9:43 AM

They already have a regular Olbermann column (“We watch because we’re paid to watch”) that tracks the host’s daily performance regurgestations, and the new URL would be perfect for it.

Rovin on July 15, 2010 at 9:44 AM

In a way it may not be too surprising that Olbezero didn’t register his own name. Going by his reputation he probably thought he was too great to use even his own name.

Jeff on July 15, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Oh Keith is mad now, he’s going to do it. He’s going to name them the worst person in the world:)

Dave_d on July 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Pwned!

pt on July 15, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I always find things like this immature and stupid. Give the guy a heads up about the domain being available. He might be a dbag but the daily caller doesn’t have to act the same way.
Complete7 on July 15, 2010 at 9:35 AM

The hosting companies do give a heads up, multiple times; someone at MSNBC effed up and failed to renew on time. I’m all for free enterprise, if the last guy failed to keep up his end of the bargain by renewing then the name should be available for anyone to use.

Bishop on July 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM

If they have to give it back then I suggest moving over to toolbag.com.

JammieWearingFool on July 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM

They need to take keefulberlman.com too, cuz that’s how his viewers will spell it.

cjtony97 on July 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Olbermann show want ad: Keith Olbermann Show Needs “Whacked-Checker” (click image to enlarge) http://optoons.blogspot.com/2010/07/keith-olbermann-show-needs-whacked.html

Mervis Winter on July 15, 2010 at 10:02 AM

http://domainnamewire.com/2008/06/10/tucker-carlson-gets-his-domain-name/

Irony

Mark1971 on July 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM

From that link about the TuckerCarlson.com dispute:

In general, celebrities can win UDRP decisions if they are reasonably well known and if the corresponding domain name is being used for profit (ala Jerry Seinfeld). If it is being used for criticism, such as in the case of Jerry Falwell and typo Fallwell.com, domain owners have prevailed in disputes. Also, politician’s domain names are usually fair game if it is being used in a non-commercial manner.

I wonder if Tucker won primarily because the disputed URL was just directed to a domain parking service. The DC’s We Watch BWPT column would surely qualify as criticism so maybe they can keep it? Such a pity to lose, as Treacher calls it, the “Worst! Website! In the woooooooorld!”

leilani on July 15, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Dang it! Allahpundit.com ->208.73.210.28

Missed it by THAT MUCH!

Skandia Recluse on July 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Just checked allahpundit.com. It’s a plain white page with links labeled “mail order brides”, “Russian brides”, “older woman personal.”

Mark1971 on July 15, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Just checked allahpundit.com. It’s a plain white page with links labeled “mail order brides”, “Russian brides”, “older woman personal.”

Mark1971 on July 15, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Heh, I thought you were kidding…but after checking myself, there it is lol

JetBoy on July 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I always find things like this immature and stupid. Give the guy a heads up about the domain being available. He might be a dbag but the daily caller doesn’t have to act the same way.
Complete7 on July 15, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Oh, unclench. This is funny as h*ll. Olbermann is too stupid to actually realize how the internet works. He deserves this. He claims to be so smart. People that prideful need to be shown up on a regular basis.
If this happened to anyone on FNC, I’d also laugh my arse off.

mjk on July 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Hellllll yea

blatantblue on July 15, 2010 at 10:15 AM

@Mark1971 at 10:08 AM & JetBoy at 10:11 AM – per whois, AllahPundit.com is owned by:

Organization: OS Portfolio Holdings, LLC

Email:
Address: c/o Oversee Domain Management, LLC

515 S. Flower Street, Suite 4400

City, Province, Post Code: Los Angeles, California, 90071
Country: US
Phone: 1.2132653191

Finally! All those people here who like to complain about AP’s choice of posting topics can send their complaints straight to the head office instead of griping in the comments. ;-0

leilani on July 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Diabolical! Mr. Pundit is gonna get more hits on his domain now that the news is out. Diabolical!

Skandia Recluse on July 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

The Daily Caller should purchase hunglikeatack.com while it’s still available.

chief on July 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM

bathtubboy.com

carbon_footprint on July 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

How about Effinidiot.com

Hummer53 on July 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Just checked allahpundit.com. It’s a plain white page with links labeled “mail order brides”, “Russian brides”, “older woman personal.”

Mark1971 on July 15, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Weird. I went there and it was just a webcam of a guy petting his cat, staring at a picture of KP while touching himself.

lorien1973 on July 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Sure, the courts will force them to give it up, but so what? You don’t HAVE to contest. It’s worth the ten bucks.

mojo on July 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

How about Effinidiot.com

Hummer53 on July 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I’m thinkin’ IWentToCornell.goof

JetBoy on July 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Strange, when I Google Olbermann, pop-ups for Goebbles smashes my screen.

Gedge on July 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM

I’m sure Olby’s lawyer has already sent a cease and desist letter. Tucker has no claim on the name, especially since he’s just pointing the domain to DailyCaller.com. Now, if Tucker sets up a separate site with criticism on Olby, Tucker could keep the name.

faraway on July 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Olbermann is a putz. For some reason there are people who believe him to be intelligent and street smart. Sometimes you can’t fix stupid.

GarandFan on July 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Maybe msnbc personalities had to take pay cuts, and they can’t afford their own domains? LOL

capejasmine on July 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Maybe on his site he will have an OlbyPoll.

45% of USA is for Obama and 55% of USA is racist

20% of USA likes the socialist direction we are heading in. 80% of the USA are racist.

Gedge on July 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM

BFD??

docdave on July 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The courts have taken away domains from squatters who are just trying to make money by selling the domain to the likely owner, but they’ve left some satire sites alone.

whitehouse.org comes to mind immediately…

Tanya on July 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I very much doubt that DC will put up much of a fight if Olby files a UDRP — which is a lot faster and less costly than any other kind of fight. But there’s no guarantee that he will prevail:

There have been a number of cases where people have lost their cybersquatting lawsuits, extremely famous people. Bruce Springsteen has lost one. Like I said before, Sting has lost one. But there are other cases where celebrities win, such as Tom Cruise who won a WIPO suit under the UDRP. Under the UDRP it is very difficult to advise clients how their cases are going to come out simply because it’s an arbitration proceeding, it’s fairly arbitrary.

But Olby has other avenues to explore:

So, the difficulty under the UDRP with a celebrity name is that a celebrity name has to act as a trademark. The problem here is really that celebrities very rarely register their names as trademarks. The ultimate question is going to be whether or not that name functions as a mark, meaning does the name function as an indicator of source of goods or services or are they simply using it as a personal name.

…really what we recommend is the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. And really what that is is a federal law, it’s located within the Lanham Act, which is the trademark statute in the United States, and it actually has a specific provision that prohibits the use of a name in a domain name that causes a likelihood of confusion. The name has to, again, act as a mark, but the ACPA has that specific provision relating to names.

Paul_in_NJ on July 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I’m thinkin’ IWentToCornell.goof

JetBoy on July 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Odd. I was thinking bovineboy.com.

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Maybe they’ll invite us to go over there and write what a douche bag Olbermann is…be nice if they allowed pic posting (and have a friggin EDIT FUNCTION!!!). ‘-)

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

“We will be THE Keith Olbermann superstore.”

So? There is still keitholberdouche.com left open. And really, it’s more appropriate.

Squiggy on July 15, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Paul_in_NJ on July 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Unless “

keitholbermann

” has actually trademark his name, then this part applies.

“The name has to, again, act as a markAND “a domain name that causes a likelihood of confusion

The domain name is keitholbermann, it brings you to a site about Keith Olbermann, what would be the confusion?

If it were named “keitholbermannisreallysmart” I could see the confusion, but not “keitholbermann” that doesn’t suggest anything other than the site is about Keith Olbermann, which it is!

Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act FAQ
Domain Name Disputes: The ACPA is a federal law gives trademark and service mark owners legal remedies against defendants who obtain domain names “in bad faith” that are identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark.

If it’s not “trademark or service mark” then Olbermann doesn’t have a case.

I guess Olbermann could BUY the Domain from Tucker Carlson.

Olbermann “trademarks” according to IMDb Mini Biography

His glasses
Grey/silver hair
Counts the numbers of days since the then-President Bush said mission accomplished (May 1st 2003)
Crumpling his notes and throwing them at the camera at the end of his show.
Ends his Countdown programme with “Good night and good luck”

DSchoen on July 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Oh, I missed this thread earlier today but caught wind of the kerfuffle at TDC. Awesome–this is really funny.

ted c on July 15, 2010 at 11:10 PM