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“That’s a Clown Question, Bro” Domain Battle Brewing?


A couple of weeks ago, Washington Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper was being interviewed by reporters in Toronto, and one of the local reporters asked him about drinking since he’s underaged in the US but can legal drink in Canada. As you can see in the video above, Harper answered, “that’s a clown question, bro,”

An Internet meme was born. People posted other humorous videos with famous questions and Harper’s response. Even Nevada Senator Harry Reid got in on the act, jokingly answeringthat’s a clown question, bro” to a reporter’s question.

As you’d probably suspect, shortly after Harper’s reply made the news, people began registering matching domain names. ThatsAClownQuestionBro.com, .net, .org, .info, and .us were all registered by what appears to be different people hours after the press conference went viral.

Perhaps there will be a legal battle for these domain names (well, if anything, the .com) because it’s been reported that Harper filed for a trademark for the term, and Under Armour plans to sell shirts with the saying emblazoned on them.

I don’t know if it’s worth spending time and money to try and wrest the domain name(s) from the registrants, but Harper and his legal team seem intent on protecting the ballplayer’s phrase. It will be interesting to follow.

Do you think someone should have the rights to a domain name for a matching phrase they coined and are trademarking?

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Comments (13)


    Itisa BS question Bro.com

    June 24th, 2012 at 12:48 pm


    Reminds me of Linsanity

    June 24th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Gnanes

      Agree, although if Jeremy Lin has a good season next year, that would have more legs than this one.

      Looks like the owner of the .com has set up a website.

      June 24th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Steve M

    Brings back memories of the famous “Bozo No No.”

    June 24th, 2012 at 3:02 pm


    until a trademark is awarded, it should be first come first serve, and if a domain name is registered before a trademark is awarded, oh well. and it’s not like he spent hours and hours coming up with that retort, he probably heard it from someone else..

    June 24th, 2012 at 4:33 pm


    Clearly, the real category killer here would be ClownQuestions.com. 🙂 Not only is there already content on it, but they’ve got the associated Twitter account @clownquestion. People don’t waste time…lol.

    June 24th, 2012 at 4:39 pm


    for us more like clownreg or clowndrop instead of that domain is pigeon shot, now it’s your domain is clownpoop, dude

    June 24th, 2012 at 5:33 pm


    This stuff is out of control.

    June 24th, 2012 at 5:42 pm


    Worthless domain. Waste of time and money going after these new coined phrases. Better to buy domains with better potential that return revenue now.

    June 24th, 2012 at 7:42 pm


    Reminds me of Tebowing Dot Com. You have to sell FAST while the phrase is HOT.

    June 24th, 2012 at 7:46 pm


    Agree with Robert further up, first come basis.

    AHH I must admit to buying Titanorak.com when all the bumpf about the Titanic was around a month or two ago, got brainwashed into it, honestly haha. Anyway, some terms or new fads are worth a go go I think. Howard.

    June 25th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Chinese Bookshop

    I don’t think that someone should have the rights to a domain for a phrase that they coined, ultimately it’s not them that has made it popular but it’s social media. It’s highly unlikely that without a massive media campaign that someone would know what would “take on” in the internet.

    With this example in particular, it’s such a long phrase why would you even want such a long url? Generally people want memorable urls if they are doing online and offline promotion but for this url it’s so easy for someone to type the wrong thing that it’s not sensible.

    June 25th, 2012 at 10:31 am


    If they’ve trademarked the phrase or keywords already, I think the domain name should be grandfathered in or part of the ‘trademarking process’ at that time.

    June 25th, 2012 at 11:57 am

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