Over the weekend, Ron Paul lost attempts to claim two namesake domains, RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org, both of which belong to a group of ardent, Panama-based fans of the twelve-term Texas congressman. Case documents show Paul was also found guilty of "reverse domain name hijacking" because he ignored an offer by the owners to give him RonPaul.org for free.
Instead, Paul took his complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency, which dismissed his suits.
But Paul appears undeterred at his losses, with spokeswoman Megan Stiles telling Whispers "While the ruling is disappointing, Dr. Paul is excited to launch his new personal website on another domain in the coming weeks." She declined to share what that domain would be.
Since retiring from Congress in January 2012, Paul has been ever more in need of his own website, having launched a non-interventionist think tank in April and become increasingly more active in Campaign for Liberty, a 501(c)4 group he founded in 2008 to maintain the grass-roots support built up during his presidential campaign that year.
Over on RonPaul.com, supporters remain incredulous that Paul, who has long been critical of the United Nations, would go through a U.N. agency to take websites from his supporters.
"I have been a major fan of Ron Paul since 2007 but for the first time this has me asking 'Who is the real Ron Paul?'" wrote one commenter. Tim Martin, an owner of RonPaul.com, wrote that "we're expecting to wake up any minute now and find out that this was all a big misunderstanding."