Ron Paul Turns to United Nations to Seize Website from his Supporters

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Ron Paul’s hypocrisy is well known by now. He sticks earmarks for his district into bills that he knows will pass and then makes a show of voting against them. He thinks that the United States should not take a position on the affairs of other countries, except for Israel. And he is against the United Nations exercising power over American citizens… unless it’s for his own benefit.

“The UN has no authority to make “laws” that bind American citizens, because it does not derive its powers from the consent of the American people. We need to stop speaking of UN resolutions and edicts as if they represented legitimate laws or treaties. They do not,” Ron Paul wrote in 2003, when arguing that the United States has the right to go to war in Iraq without UN authorization.

Legally speaking, Ron Paul has a pretty good case against RonPaul.com. Ethically, his case is pretty bad. And Ron Paul might want to remember that he who lives by UN laws, get screwed by UN laws.

Public figures do have a right to claim websites named after them, but Ron Paul’s entire campaign was built on the willingness of his supporters to build an online infrastructure for him free of charge. The only presidential candidate who treated his online supporters that way was… Barack Obama

Now that Ron Paul is transitioning from politics to private life, he’s trying to take over RonPaul.com for his own use. The last time he left politics for private life, he began putting out a newsletter full of crazy bigotry and disaster marketing. And he’s likely to turn RonPaul.com into more of the same. But he could just as easily work with the owners of RonPaul.com to do that.

More problematically Ron Paul has turned to WIPO to seize RonPaul.com for his own use. WIPO stands for World Intellectual Property Organization and is a specialized United Nations agency based out of Switzerland.

WIPO was not Ron Paul’s only UDRP resolution option. The National Arbitration Forum is an American organization that provides domain name dispute arbitration. Instead Ron Paul went to the United Nations. His complaint claims that his own fan base has no “legitimate interest” in the domain name. That’s a curious argument since the RonPaul.com owners have shown that Ron Paul’s people used them to help promote Ron Paul’s campaign.

Ron Paul claims that the owners of RonPaul.com registered it only in order to sell it to him. That seems like an unlikely argument since Ron Paul has a ton of fan sites and it’s doubtful that the owners of RonPaul.com have kept it going for 5 years just in the hopes of one day being able to sell it to him.

The Paul complaint does list an offer that the owners of RonPaul.com made to sell the website to him for either $250,000 to $848.000. On the other hand the complaint claims that the RonPaul.com owners took no other action with the site except to offer it for sale and that their only real cost was a $9.99 registration fee. That’s clearly not true as the site shows that extensive content promoting Ron Paul had been posted on it over the years and the domain name comes with the page rank that this content helped create.

Ron Paul can legitimately claim that under international law the domain name belongs to him. But it’s telling that he made no such claim until recently. Paul’s internet presence relied on sites like RonPaul.com and he never objected to their existence or their turning a profit using his name. But now that his campaign is over for good, he’s using the United Nations to seize the domain name so he can use it for his own purposes while accusing the owners of bad faith.

As usual, the only truly bad faith is Ron Paul’s.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Let him get into bed with the UN, they deserve each other. He is a nasty piece of work, and is bereft of a moral compass.

    Oftentimes, one may be right on a particular issue, but when the fish stinks from the head up, the rest doesn't come out smelling like a rose. Such is the case with Ronny.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • aaaaa

      lol moral compass critism from an isreali citizen ! HAHA
      your nothing more than a land stealer

  • Ziggy Zoggy

    How many Paulbots are going to self destruct when their data does not compute?

  • UCSPanther

    The irony is delicious. The question here, is how Ron Paul will reconcile this with his rhetoric against the UN.

  • SIlver Gonzalez

    Another American devil. How many more? Lots. Face it America: you are blued, screwed and tattooed. By the time it took to read this, your public debt increased by 750,000,000 American pesos.

    • dave

      yeah but the national debt is just a make believe number.
      It is what everybody and everything owes to each other.
      Also, without national debt money is worthless.

  • JacksonPearson

    Ron Paul's allegiance is supposedly to the United States Constitution, leastwise that's what he always drops back to.

    Anyway, I don't the see the United Nations named in any of the Articles in our Constitution, or any Amendments granting them special enumerated powers. Therefore IMO, the bird to them.

  • mayalibre

    The operators of the RonPaul.com domain name are clearly being opportunistic. The actual site (the pages and files) could easily be shifted over to a new domain name. You wouldn't even have to migrate the files, just register a new name, and adjust the domain server URLs — et voila!! So WTF's up with asking for $250,000? That price shows that THEY received value from the site. In other words, it wasn't a one-way street. They did "work for free" but they also benefited from networking under his name. If they had an integrity they would let Ron Paul control, always, whatever happens under his name. By resisting, refusing to cooperate, and attempting to extort Paul, they show their real colors. They don't give a rat's ass about him. They want to control the "Ron Paul message", and God forbid if the real, flesh-and-blood Ron Paul should have an issue with that or want to deviate. All of this goes to prove what I've been saying for awhile. So-called patriots are nothing of the kind. They are megalomaniacal controllers with no integrity. I'm with the REAL Rom Paul on this one.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      They received benefit from it. So did Ron Paul.

      Why is Ron Paul turning to the UN to seize a domain name from a site that he had no objection to and that he benefited from while running for office?

      Ron Paul has plenty of outlets for his ideas. The problem is he wants to profit from work that other people did while seizing a domain name through the United Nations.

    • dave

      sounds like you don't like the free market.

  • TJ

    You seriously don’t understand what free market is about and you come to talk about it? Free market falls into the philosophy of libertarian voluntarism. That doesn’t have anything to do with the right to invade other people’s property or consent. He didn’t give any consent to own it fully.

    Maybe somebody else should just claim to be you or work for you on a website until they earn some value, since your reputation earn them so much profit. Then, they can just do something that doesn’t even representing you under your name like that site they posted. http://www.ronpaul.com/2013-02-04/ron-paul-chris-
    This doesn’t even remotely equal to what he said. Anyone would want to have the power to control what they are putting under their own name. Do you even have a clue about property rights? You are an American for god sake.

    Regardless of when anyone wants to claim their property back, that’s their decision to make. They own their authority of their name and is able to get it back whenever they wish, if a stranger doesn’t even have the permission to do it in the first place.

    The government’s job is to protect the rights and contract of each individual. That’s what he’s been preaching for the past 30 years….and still some of you don’t even learn a thing.

  • andr3

    It's all about money for them, if they really knew and respected him for what he stands for they would have given Dr. Paul the site free of charge.

  • Joseph

    Why Ron Paul’s complaint to the UN Intellectual Property Organization makes sense
    Posted on February 10, 2013

    Now why would Ron Paul do such a thing? Well, first let’s look at the liberty leader’s intent;

    Ron Paul has stated that he intends to being a new liberty-centered online television-like web series, to continue the ideological revolution. On the Alex Jones show he stated his desire to utilize the most logical domain name available to further this cause: RonPaul.com

    Anybody who understands how to file a complaint in the legal system, knows that the first order of the complaint is to file within the correct jurisdiction. Failure to do so is a waste of time and money, as your case will likely be thrown out.

    If you look at the address of the defendant indicated in the complaint, you will notice that the primary address of the respondent is located in Fortitude Valley, a suburb of Queensland, Australia. Therefore, a body of international jurisdiction is necessary for Ron Paul’s complaint to be acknowledged. This does not mean that Ron Paul endorses the United Nations (obviously). He is simply working within the existing body of international law.

    Realistically, if the owners of RonPaul.com had good intentions to advance the cause of liberty, they would transfer the domain name to Ron Paul. Furthermore, they would offer their skills to Ron Paul in request of employment so they may continue involvement operating the website.

    Ron Paul is still the man we all know and love.

    His constituents need not obstruct his (and our) desires to further Liberty.

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