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Leonard Cheshire Foundation in domain name dispute

Leonard Cheshire Foundation in domain name dispute

“Just say no to Leonard Cheshire” says the main graphic at www.leonard-cheshire.com. The Leonard Cheshire Foundation is challenging Dr Paul Darke over the right to use the dot com version of the leonard-cheshire domain name. The charity operates at www.leonard-cheshire.org. The dispute was aired on this morning’s BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

“Just say no to Leonard Cheshire” says the main graphic at www.leonard-cheshire.com. The Leonard Cheshire Foundation is challenging Dr Paul Darke over the right to use the dot com version of the leonard-cheshire domain name. The charity operates at www.leonard-cheshire.org. The dispute was aired on this morning’s BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Dr Clarke, a former employee of the Foundation, says “the site, including the domain name, is a work of interventionist art from a disability art perspective.” The site criticises aspects of the charity’s work including a grant received from the National Lottery Charities Board.

The Leonard Cheshire Foundation say that it is “with great reluctance” that they are seeking arbitration on the issue. The Foundation “respects Dr Darke’s right to criticise the organisation and offered to pay the administration charge for him to move the site to another address. Sadly, he would not agree and we have challenged that registration by submitting a complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, an arbitration centre.”

Read UK Fundraising’s coverage of charity domain name issues.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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