N.J. businessman offers to sell Star-Ledger domain names of its editors

The Star-Ledger

Al Demola, a frequent subject of The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger’s consumer-protection column “Bamboozled,” called the paper with an unusual offer, Karin Price Mueller writes:

“He said he owned domains, or web addresses, in the names of some Star-Ledger editors. He requested we ask the bosses if they wanted to buy the domain names from him.” He offered to send his proposal to Mueller’s home address, “which he then named.”

Indeed, an anonymous buyer using a private domain registrar purchased the web names for the paper’s editor and publisher, records show. The sites were redirected to a pornographic web site.

On the same day, Demola also called the Ledger editor at home – twice, according to Associate Editor Tom Curran.

The editor offered Demola the opportunity to dispute past Bamboozled stories. Demola offered the editor his domain name and encouraged him not to run a new story, Curran said.

The Star-Ledger “is contemplating litigation to resolve the matter,” Mueller writes.

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  • kickyourace

    And aren’t you sorry you didn’t buy your domain names before this guy thought it but personal names are reasonable to buy and I’m sure you aren’t the only person with your name and you aren’t superstars by any ones thoughts. Do I like what he did? No, and goes to poor business practices but not illegal practices and if you sue him, the counter suit will and might cost a lot more in the way of bad press or reverse cybersquatting against you for the paper. For $8.00, you could have bought your name and you had 18 years to do it. Scott Neuman / Recordweb Communications LLC Domain Name Experts.