Glenn Beck's latest target isn't Cass Sunstein, moderate Republicans or the FCC—it's a small-time computer programmer named Isaac Eiland-Hall. The Florida techie infuriated Beck by creating a Web site called www.glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com. Beck filed suit against Eiland-Hall on the grounds that it was registered in bad faith and violated Beck's trademark rights. The web site posed the baseless question "Did Glenn Beck Rape and Murder a Young Girl in 1990?" to mimic Beck's sometimes-accusatory style of questioning.
To the delight of Eiland-Hall, the body that received Beck's claim, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), rejected it. After the programmer's victory, he offered Beck the site's aministrative username and password in a letter excoriating Beck's brand of conspiratorial punditry. He noted that Beck's claim likely brought more attention to the site than taking it down ever could have:
It bears observing that by bringing the WIPO complaint, you took what was merely one small critique meme, in a sea of internet memes, and turned it into a super-meme... Rather than choosing to strive for excellence and civic contribution, you simply pander the fears and insecurities of your audience. And in the process, you do them, and us all, a great deal of harm. Shame on you Mr. Beck
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