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Diller Drills Driller: Barry Diller Sues Not-a-Gay-Porn-Site BarryDriller.com

Turns out it might violate a couple of cybersquatting laws. Go figure.
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(Photo: Barrydriller.com)

We somehow doubt that Alki David, the irreverent prankster behind Aereo competitor (and hilariously named) website BarryDriller.com, didn’t see this one coming. Today, news broke that IAC chairman and Aereo board member Barry Diller is suing both Mr. David and BarryDriller.com for using his likeness to falsely advertise the business.

The Hollywood Reporter has the complaint, which states that Mr. David is:

“Seeking to unfairly capitalize on the success of the new business venture supported by Plaintiff, Defendants devised a scheme to launch what they characterize as a competing business called ‘BarryDriller.com.’ “Defendants are using Plaintiff’s name in their ‘BarryDriller.com’ business to (1) associate their service with Plaintiff, and (2) mislead the public into believing that Defendants’ service has been judicially sanctioned.”

Mr. Driller is seeking “injunctive relief and punitive damages,” which we assume means a big fat check.

This is a delicious twist in an otherwise amusing saga, but we can’t help but feel bad for BarryDriller.com’s 28,000 users. Maybe they can just use Aereo now?

UPDATE:

Mr. David provided Betabeat with the following statement:

Barry Diller’s Aereo is as irrelevant as is Network Television. The only reason for having Network TV on a virtual-cable service likes BarryDriller these days is because Consumers believe it is better to have it. People want TV but they want their kind of TV not what someone thinks it should be. Hence the popularity of YouTube, Hulu et al. Our numbers clearly show that Bikini TV and BattleCam are individually more popular than the major Networks combined.

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