Glenn Beck may not have murdered and raped a young girl in 1990, but he sure is trying to murder the website that discusses evidence of it. Lawyers representing Beck have filed a domain name dispute, claiming that the domain name glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com violates his trademark.
And according to the website in question, they also contacted the website hosting service, the datacenter, and the domain name registrar. Apparently the registrar took down the domain name briefly.
There is an important issue here (somewhere). You can use a trademark in order to protest against the owner of that trademark, but what is the boundary between protest and libel? This, of course, is part of the larger question of the boundary between free speech and defamation. The website is clearly a protest, and contains a clear notice to that effect, but is the domain name itself defamatory?
And the whole thing is ironic because Beck himself depends on the law giving him a huge amount of leeway in what he says on the air. If Beck wins this lawsuit, could he be opening himself up to similar lawsuits from people that he has clearly defamed?
UPDATE: If you are interested in following the legal wrangling on this, here is an excellent web page.