Cybersquatting is wrong, period.

You don’t take somebody else’s personal or business name, add .info or .net to it, and register it as your own. And you especially don’t try to mislead Internet users into thinking the site they’ve arrived at is sponsored by the entity whose name you’ve stolen.

Today, a piece on CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning exposed a particular Christian organization’s practice of registering the names of politicians whose views on a specific issue oppose theirs. Once they own the domain name, they point it at a site that sort of looks official and includes a picture of the politician, but states their own opinion in no uncertain terms.

I’ve got nothing against folks setting up a site and ranting all they want (as I’ve been known to do). Free speech, and all that. But I take serious issue with unscrupulous identity thieves like the guy they interviewed.

The funny thing is, I did a quick whois search on this dude’s name, and it turns out that the .info variant of it is available.

Heh. How ’bout that?

Not that I advocate this sort of thing, but… Maybe if his cybersquatting victims buy the domain and point it at a site he finds particularly distasteful, he’ll be nice and give ’em their names back.