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7 Little Words Developer Blue Ox Technologies Sues Owner Of Fan Site 7LittleWords.com

Christopher York, owner of Blue Ox Technologies, has just filed a lawsuit in federal court against the owner of discussion site 7littlewords.com. This is York's second bite at the apple, as it comes on the heels of York's loss in his UDRP proceeding.

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David vs. Goliath
David vs. Goliath
Feb. 5, 2013 - PRLog -- Owner of website 7LittleWords.com, Richard Young, said today that he doesn't know how much longer his popular discussion site will remain online.

"As a big fan of the game 7 Little Words, I play on an almost-daily basis and I've even purchased several expansion packs. It provides a brief respite from a hectic work day, and I find the ritual of posting answer to the site rote, but relaxing," Young said. "However, this marks the second time that Blue Ox Technologies has tried to seize the domain, and I don't know how much more research and writing I want to do."

Young compared the legal onslaught to the famed battle between David and Goliath. Painting himself as nothing more than a devoted fan of the game, he noted that 7 Little Words has made so much money for Christopher York, owner of Blue Ox Technologies, that he was able to expand from a one-man team into an eight-person studio.

“Even with the UDRP [Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy] proceeding for 7littlewords.com, I had to personally spend countless hours researching and writing. Having been rebuffed once by a Harvard-educated arbitrator, York has now retained a local firm in Maine to continue his overzealous quest to appropriate the domain.”

In an apparent plea to the public, Young has uploaded the files from this latest proceeding to his website at 7 Little Words, along with a donation link for a “legal defense fund.” When asked about the possible demise of his labor of love, Young sidestepped the question.

“You’d think that, if you can manage payroll for over half a dozen people, and afford the services of a 100+ attorney law firm, you’d just make a reasonable offer to buy the domain, rather than trying to lawyer the little guy to death,” he said wryly.

It remains to be seen whether York’s capitalistic campaign will triumph over Young’s fight for free speech.


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