back to article Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

Heidi Powell wants her namesake dot-com and she's suing to get it. Heidi who? Heidi Powell of course, the legendary fitness coach from Flagstaff, Arizona. What do you mean you've never heard of her? The Heidi Powell. Perhaps this will help: we're not talking about 60-year-old marketing consultant Heidi Powell who registered …

  1. Richard Jones 1
    WTF?

    Popcorn Please

    However, better make it healthy low fat, low Carb, Low cal popcorn. But make it better quality than what-is-her-name's legal games.

    On second thoughts is this a taster for some new TV series. a sort of legal comedy?

  2. PNGuinn Silver badge
    Joke

    Some new TV series. a sort of legal comedy?

    Over here on the other side of the pond yonks ago we had a series I believe called something like A. P. Herbert's Misleading Cases.

    Quite funny at the time but nowhere like as hilaryous as this. This one must trump the lot.

    Audio lolly unfortunately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbOLuNZEUnk

  3. Ian Michael Gumby Silver badge

    Re: Popcorn Please

    The sad thing is that this is real.

    I've had my domain for 22 years and I have to wonder when some numbnutz tries to sue to take my domain name away because I don't run a public facing web site.

    This should have been dismissed on the face of it.

    Its really a no-brainer, but in the US, the court system is designed to keep the lawyers employed.

  4. mstreet

    Re: Popcorn Please

    ...Legal comedy?

    I think the word you were looking for was legal "tragedy".

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ad hominem

    It isn't nice to draw personal conclusions about someone just from an article.

    But eff me, the opinion that formed of Narcissist Heidi is the polar opposite of nice.

    I wonder about people like that, whether they are chancing their arm or are actually deluded.

    Scamming is sort of understandable... If detestable.

    I fear she's serious, and that's sad. I wonder, therefore, about her mental ability and health.

    Ah well. One way people can avoid bad opinions being formed... Don't make a c--- of yourself!

  6. AndyS

    Re: Ad hominem

    I wonder about people like that, whether they are chancing their arm or are actually deluded.

    Scamming is sort of understandable... If detestable.

    I fear she's serious, and that's sad. I wonder, therefore, about her mental ability and health.

    She? Her? Oh, sorry, I thought you were talking about a certain presidential candidate with a floppy wig.

    That's the odd thing about Americans, isn't it? Not only do they have a large number of deluded idiots, but an even larger number of presumably sane people who look up to them.

  7. billdehaan

    Re: Ad hominem

    "I wonder about people like that, whether they are chancing their arm or are actually deluded."

    I have met people like this. One was so pretentious and self-important that he spoke naturally, and without irony, in the third person.

    He refused to submit to peer reviews on the basis that "I [sic] have no peers".

    He attributed the fact that people were constantly laughing at him, openly and publicly to "jealousy".

    As one cohort said, he'd met people who were smitten with themselves before, but he'd never met anyone who was in awe of their own greatness before.

  8. chivo243 Silver badge
    Trollface

    Re: Ad hominem

    @Begeleiding

    Ahh... the old 'Legend in his own mind" syndrome...

  9. wolfetone Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Ohhhhh

    THAT Heidi Powell. Sorry, I got her confused with Heidi Powell.

  10. hplasm Silver badge
    Happy

    Re: Ohhhhh

    No, not that one- she's married to Colon.

  11. wolfetone Silver badge
    Holmes

    Re: Ohhhhh

    Is it the other Heidi Powell then? The one with the family in the Austrian hills?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Jarndyce and Jarndyce

    What would happen if one of the opponents for divorced and resorted to her maiden name.

  13. Richard 81

    Lets just call them Heidi Powell #1 and Heidi Powell A.

  14. chivo243 Silver badge

    @Richard 81

    Which one feels like a "B" Heidi?

  15. Anonymous Blowhard

    Why does everyone still want a .com?

    Is heidipowell.bitch taken then?

  16. oldcoder

    Re: Why does everyone still want a .com?

    Soooo....

    Who's on first? :-)

  17. Francis Boyle Silver badge

    I'm Heidi Powell

    Fortunately, I'm more of a .net person.

  18. Ralph the Wonder Llama
    Joke

    Re: I'm Heidi Powell

    I'm Heidi Powell, and so's my wife!

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    don't you just love the USA

    Where simply having a name for 60 years is enough to get you sued.

    Perhaps the new Heidi should change her name again... you know to one where she can get a .com domain without all this trouble.

    Hah, she's the spoil brat of the kind you see in supermarkets screaming that they want [insert sugar[1] laden bit of crap here] NOW. Not later but now. Then when they get it, the throw it awat and start screaming for something else.

    [1]Look for 'High Fructose Corn Syrup' on the label. It seems to be in pretty well everything on sale in US Supermarkets these days. no wonder so many people have Type 2 Diabetes.

  20. macjules Silver badge

    Re: don't you just love the USA

    Meh. Just wait until Donald Trump Jr sues Donald Trump for namejacking.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: don't you just love the USA

    Not a problem - from next year all those "Trump xxx" name licensees around the world will be paying an upgrade charge to entitle them to use "President Trump xxx" instead.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    do you know who I am!

    I see ronniepickering.com is up for renewal in a couple of days, could get nasty.

  23. MJI Silver badge

    Re: do you know who I am!

    And I was going to use that as an answer!

    Well he is more famous here than either Heidi

  24. HkraM
    Thumb Up

    let's call her Narcissist Heidi

    OK, I was planning to clean my screen today anyway!

  25. Ole Juul Silver badge

    Oh dear

    I fear we're soon going to get a Heidi Powell icon here. In any case, she's a great meme.

  26. Little Mouse

    Precedent?

    Didn't Mike Tyson (the famous one) do exactly the same thing a few years ago? How did that work out?

  27. frank ly Silver badge

    Re: Precedent?

    There was an identical thing with Madonna (the singer, in case you've forgotten her) who tried to get Madonna.com taken away from someone who'd had it for a long time and used it to display images of The Madonna. However, that seemed to work out for her in some way as I've just found out by having a look at it.

  28. DougS Silver badge

    Re: Precedent?

    Madonna was able to swipe it via WIPO. Maybe the evil Heidi Powell will try that if she doesn't get satisfaction from the US courts, though Madonna is even today about 10000x the celebrity this fitness instructor no one has ever heard of is.

    http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2000/d2000-0847.html

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You're kidding, but that exactly what happened with the armani.it domain

    The fashion powerhouse had no idea of what that thing called "the Internet" was. So nobody care to register the domain early. It was registered (1997) by a small plaques/stamps factory, the owner name was Luca Armani - and under the Italian domain name authority rules, he had full rights thereby to register that domain.

    One day in 1998*, they asked Armani the stamp maker to transfer the domain to Armani the tailor. He refused, but when the issue went to court, the judge decided the more famous Armani had more rights - she applied the trademark law, deciding it was to be applied to domain names too, giving Giorgio Armani the precedence.

    Now, GA is a little more know than HP (is she going to request hp.com as well???) but don't forget judges may reason against common sense...

    * Giorgio Armani was also unable to register armani.com in 1997, because some A. R. Mani registered it in Canada - but there the tailor lost (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/08/06/judge_lambasts_armani_in_domain/, although it looks the domain now has been transferred)

  30. Huw D
    Trollface

    Is Narcissist Heidi's name pronounced "Pooh-hole"?

  31. imanidiot Silver badge

    I'm sorry?

    Who?? And who???

    I neither know nor care for either of this person. But from the article I can only side with the Original Heidi.

  32. AndyS

    Re: I'm sorry?

    thatsthewholepointofthearticle.com

    (it's ok, it's free, I checked).

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: I'm sorry?

    Heidi Classic.

  34. imanidiot Silver badge

    Re: I'm sorry?

    I suddendly feel the inexplicable urge to register that domain...

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: I'm sorry?

    narcissistheidi.com is available too ....

    oh .. so is theoriginalheidipowell.com

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "do you know who I am?"

    No, should I?

  37. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Re: "do you know who I am?"

    Whenever I hear that question, I always think of the cashier lady who responded by picking up her microphone and making a public message to the effect of "if anyone knows who this person is, could they please come and tell him".

    I don't know if it's a meme, an urban legend (probably), or just a joke, but I love the idea.

  38. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: "do you know who I am?"

    I caught a bit of a 'Room 101' episode a few years ago and Cilla Black was on it. (Not a fan but respect for a lifetime's achievement).

    Her entry for Room 101 was "People who say, 'Do you know who I am?'".

    For somebody who had been as famous for as long as she was to not assume some self-importance - Respect!

  39. Alistair Silver badge
    Coat

    Re: "do you know who I am?"

    @DrLifecandy

    "do you know who I am?"

    No, and the question proves that I don't need to.

  40. hplasm Silver badge
    Devil

    Re: "do you know who I am?"

    No, do you know who I am?

    "Of course not!"

    Good. (Hangs up).

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: "do you know who I am?"

    On reflection the best response is, I know WHAT you are

    Rhymes with hunt

  42. a pressbutton

    Re: The future... - meme

    The first time I heard it, it was credited to peter cook

  43. Captain DaFt

    Re: Re: "do you know who I am?"

    My favorite joke in that genre was the student who continued writing his last exam answer after "pencils down".

    The professor refused to take his paper because of it, causing the student to retort, "Do you know who I am?"

    The professor replied that he neither knew nor cared who he was, to which the student replied, "Great!", shoved his exam into the middle of the pile, and left.

  44. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    @ Captain DaFt

    Yeah, heard that one too. Funny, but the issue I have with this joke is that, in this case, the arsehole gets away with it.

    I prefer asses getting their comeuppance.

  45. Potemkine Silver badge

    What's the saddest, having people being nuts enough to act like this or having a judicial system authorizing this kind of abuse?

  46. Adrian 4 Silver badge

    How would the judicial system pay for itself if it didn't allow this sort of time-waster ?

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "do you know who I am?" law

    I'm surprised that you seem surprised that such law exists. Of course it DOES and it does everywhere. Being famous, infamous (think politicians and stand-up comedians) or just having your mug recognizeable by any representative of the law - from a humble traffic police officer to a humble Judge of the Highest Order - more often than not, gets you favours. Sometimes it gives you grief, but in general it gives you favours. Sorry.

  48. Blofeld's Cat
    Angel

    Hmm...

    There seem to be a few other appropriate domain names still available: heidipowell.fail, heidipowell.gripe, heidipowell.lol and heidipowell.wtf to name but a few.

    I see that, somewhat surprisingly, heidipowell.fitness and heidipowell.coach are still available - at the moment ...

  49. frank ly Silver badge

    Re: Hmm...

    That's because Narcissist Heidi doesn't know about anything apart from .com domains. Shhhhh, let's watch and wait and be entertained.

  50. Anonymous Blowhard

    Re: Hmm...

    "There seem to be a few other appropriate domain names still available: heidipowell.fail, heidipowell.gripe, heidipowell.lol and heidipowell.wtf to name but a few."

    Also heidipowell.sucks; finally a legitimate use for this TLD!

    Anyone interested in a share?

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