While on the topic of domain names and since we are digging in the archives.
Here is a report of a decision from the Alberta Court of Queens Bench (actual case can be found here). It seems a former employee, displeased with his former employer, registered the .ca domain name that was identical to the .com domain name. He then re-directed the traffic to the .ca name to his new employer's website.
Not satisfied with that result apparently, he then decided to route traffic to the .ca name to a pornographic website.
And then he got the former employer's attention ....in the form of a law suit.
The court awarded the former employer $15,000 in damages. A modest sum by any stretch of the imagination. However, at least there was a judgment.
Now, the lesson to be learned here for all the disgruntled former employees is this - don't this this at home kids. Unless of course you want to lighten your wallet.
For the employers - don't be afraid to take on former employees who want to tarnish your reputation.
Having said all that, legitimate critisicm is still valid and it is perfectly fine to create a website to critisize some company, as long as it is on good taste and the critisicms are true. (There is a bit more to it than that - but the really, really important part is that the criticisms must be true). Too bad the Parliament of Canada did not operate on the same principle. I know, I know - there is a good argument for the current system of parliamentary immunity.