Steele to Domain Hijackers: You Get Squat

In a victory sure to encourage the adult actress, Mercenary Pictures Performer/Producer/Director Lexington Steele has won back his eponymous domain from cybersquatters.

Russian Communications used Steele’s picture on the site, which then sold other products. “I am sure people mistook this for my official website,” Steele said.

Steele made do with and in the interim, and both serve as his online presence.

“I have been trying to get the domain back for years,” he said.

Steele enlisted the help of San Francisco attorney Holly Pranger, who suggested filing a domain dispute with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names And Numbers (ICANN). The case was then submitted to the National Arbitration Forum. The ICANN route involved fewer up-front expense than a federal lawsuit, though a win with the feds would allow for restitution of legal fees.

An Atrocity, You Say

Pranger noted that squatting on porn stars’ domains is common. “It is an atrocity that these porn squatters wrongfully profit … they should be stopped.”

Now the Holocaust – that was an atrocity. But we get your point; what do we own if not our names?

Steele is a three-time AVN Male Performer of the Year, and Mercenary recently won Best Ethnic Series at the VIBE Awards of Porn for “Black Reign.”

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