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U.N. Gets Intellectual With Carmen Electra -
January 23, 2004

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to

For celebs who want to regain control of their Internet domain names, the U.N. is increasingly becoming the cyber court of choice. The latest star to seek U.N. help is former "Baywatch" lifeguard Tara Leigh Patrick, better known for the last 10 years as Carmen Electra.

In a ruling by a United Nations panel called the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the actress won control of the Internet name

The panel ruled against a Canadian company that had registered the name. It reasoned that use of the Carmen Electra Web site address created a likelihood of confusion that the site was sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Electra.

The WIPO recently weighed in against the same operation and aided a slew of celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Michael Crichton, Kevin Spacey, Pamela Anderson, Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien.

When it comes to the U.N., we had better watch our e-backs.

Meanwhile, the London weather seems to do something strange to the celebrity head.

Like some of her famed Brit-smitten buddies, it looks as if Gwyneth Paltrow's brain has fogged over.

From her present overseas haunt, Paltrow accused the president of misleading the public and of not paying attention to the rest of the world. Translation: Bush doesn't kiss enough U.N., French or German keister.

The "Shallow Hal" gal said, "I think George Bush is such an embarrassment to America in the way that he doesn't take the rest of the world into consideration."

Paltrow appeared to be reading from greenie cue cards. She said: "... it all seems to be for him and his friends to keep getting richer at the expense of a nation, at the expense of the environment. It's like a full scale assault on the environment."

The Oscar-winning mother-to-be also recently had sort of an anti-U.S. tizzy.

"I worry about bringing up a child in America," Paltrow told the World Entertainment News Network. "At the moment there's a weird, over-patriotic atmosphere over there, like, 'We're number one and the rest of the world doesn't matter.'"

Wonder if Paltrow's been bitten by the same political mosquito as Madonna. Could it be that a plastic British accent is right around the corner?

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