Ed Stelmach threatens lawsuit over domain name
Anyone familiar with Alberta politics will have no doubt come across www.daveberta.ca, an Alberta blogger whose opinions I have agreed with on many occasions. Turns out the forward thinking Daveberta snagged www.edstelmach.ca in the lead up to Stelmach’s coronation as King Ralph, Jr., and old Steady Eddie isn’t happy about it.
Daveberta received this letter from Stelmach’s lawyers. They are claiming Daveberta misappropriated Stelmach’s identity and that his posts critical of Stelmach mean that he did not do this in good faith.
First, this issue of domain name registration is hot and will only get crazier. My personal view is that if a high visibility person such as a politician can’t think that they should cover this end of things, tough.
Second, I’m ticked that the lawyers are relying on his posts which are critical of Stelmach as evidence of lack of good faith. The implied statement, then, is that someone who fawned over Stelmach on www.edstelmach.ca would not be threatened in this manner.
Third, what on earth are Stelmach’s handlers thinking? There was a zero percent chance Stelmach could come out looking good out of this. Best case scenario is that he looks like an absentminded Luddite who can’t quite “get” this whole internet thing. Worst case (which is where this is headed) is that he looks like a petty bully who can’t handle criticism and gets all litigious on college students who happen to have a different political affiliation (note to Ed…all college students most likely don’t agree with you on anything…they are college students, not bumpkin farmers).
In the end it’s just another sign that the Good Ship Conservative is slowly sinking in Alberta.
Ezra Levant, someone I never expected to be agreeing with, sums it up well here, too.