Hate site distorts King’s dream

January 26, 2000
It’s a new tactic for white supremacist groups on the Net -- capitalizing on the name of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to preach bigotry and hatred to unsuspecting Web surfers.
     Martinlutherking.org appears to be a benign site dedicated to the life and writings of the man who gave the famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 March on Washington. It’s actually hosted by Stormfront.org, one of the oldest and largest white supremacist sites on the Internet.
     It appears to be a clear case of cybersquatting, but legal experts agree there is little that can be done to return the name to the King family. Unlike living celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Kenny Rogers, who have recently filed lawsuits under the U.S. Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act passed by Congress last November, Martin Luther King’s name is not protected because he is deceased.