I am reporting myself for getting a Dennis Rodman Disease (DRD) in college from a girl that should have told me about it before taking her clothes off. My response was to create STDCarriers.com to warn others. It is the original STD Registry website. I am flattered to see someone so inspired by my idea that they created this site.
This is not the first time someone has done this. The first time was several years ago. Back then Scott Breitenstein of Dayton, Ohio launched a couple of sites that used so much of my original boiler plate copy that people thought I ran them. I had to explain to my federal probation officer why it was not possible for me to have created those sites. Fortunately, that was easy because Scott launched them while I was still in prison. Still, I didn’t like how confusingly similar the sites were to mine, so I filed a trademark and copyright lawsuit which was dismissed for failure to serve after I was arrested for violating the terms of my supervision. Eventually Scott took those down before I was free to bring mine back, so he never used my marks in direct competition with me or at times when I was free to use them.
Had I been in Scott’s position, I would not have thought me capable of ever recovering. For that reason Scott had every reason to think that I would never use the marks in commerce ever again. One reason for the lawsuit was to let him and others know what was really going on. There was no abandonment of any marks because my case had two rounds of appeals for two different sets of conditions both aimed at banning me from using my marks. While it is true that one can be legally forced to abandon marks sometimes, that is not the case when they appeal. I didn’t lose my last appeal until 2018 and I brought my site back the following year.
I don’t know who actually runs this site and I don’t care. Whoever he or she is, they’ve got a brilliant idea here. I couldn’t have though of it better myself.