Pablo Escobar’s brother wins legal battle with ‘cybersquatter’ owner of PabloEscobar.com domain name
The brother of feared drug lord Pablo Escobar has won a $3million legal battle over a web domain named after his notorious relative.
Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, known as ‘El Osito’, won through his company Escobar Inc, a complaint over the use of www.PabloEscobar.com.
He wants to use the domain, which is currently inactive, to sell merchandise relating to the dead Colombian kingpin, who was responsible for the deaths of thousands during his reign of terror during the 1980s and early 1990s.
The website is said to be going live by the end of next year and plans to feature official Pablo Escobar products and merchandise, all sponsored by the drug lord’s holding company Escobar Inc.
One of the products that would be sold in the online store includes the notorious Escobar Inc-branded flamethrower – an the idea which the firm alleges Elon Musk stole and used for his own The Boring Company.
Roberto Escobar (left), the older brother of the notorious deceased drug lord, Pablo Escobar (right), won a legal battle over the use of the www.PabloEscobar.com domain name
Currently Escobar Inc-branded flamethrowers are on sale for $249 on a different domain. Roberto Escobar now plans to sell all Pablo merchandise on one site
The current owner of the domain wanted $3million to hand over the site to Escobar Inc, but The National Arbitration Forum decided to transfer it.
Roberto Escobar, co-Founder of Escobar Inc, vowed to fight ‘anyone that is in our way’.
He said: ‘I am happy. Escobar Inc is the only true owner of anything relating to Pablo Escobar. Infringers need to stop. We will fight anyone that is in our way.’
Roberto Escobar accused the Tesla founder and CEO of stealing his firm’s flamethrower idea in July, after a Musk employee visited Colombia in 2017 and saw one of the toys owned by the Escobars.
The billionaire responded via Twitter, writing: ‘It’s not a Flamethrower, Mr. Escobar.’
Around $2 million was raised through Musk’s The Boring Co’s version of the devices to fund his tunnelling projects.
Daniel Reitberg, Escobar Inc COO, said that following their latest victory, the company will ‘take down’ Musk.
Roberto Escobar accused Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk of stealing the idea for his flamethrowers from Escobar Inc
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sold flamethrowers through his The Boring Company that Roberto Escobar alleged the idea for which was stolen from his own company
He told The Next Web: ‘Yes [the flamethrower] will be [available], at $249 per piece.
‘Elon Musk will go down soon, we are preparing some huge cases against him. He will regret not paying us, just like everyone else has regretted it.’
Olof Gustafsson, CEO of Escobar Inc, claimed the company will soon launch a technology company to rival Apple.
He said: ‘Pablo Escobar spent hundreds of millions of dollars maintaining his image. We are the only true rights holders of anything relating to Pablo Escobar.
‘People need to realise this and contact us for licensing deals. Anybody that does anything relating to Pablo Escobar should consult with us prior.
‘We are in the process now of starting a $50 million technology company which will beat Apple Inc, easily.’
In January Roberto Escobar claimed to have dirt on the US president and launched a GoFundMe campaign to impeach Donald Trump, raising more than $10 million in just 10 hours before the crowdfunding service stopped it to investigate.
Escobar Inc continued to raise money on its Impeach Trump Fund website that included an option to buy an ESCOBAR token cryptocurrency.
Pablo Escobar’s (left) with one of his notorious hit men ‘Popeye’ Vasquez (right), who killed more than 300 people and ordered the death of 3,000 to enforce his reign of terror
Pablo Escobar (left and right) amassed an estimated US$30 billion by the time of his death in 1993 – the equivalent to $58 billion today
Escobar Inc filed a cybersquatting claim in August with the National Arbitration Forum in August, arguing that the previous owner of PabloEscobar.com was cybersquatting with his ownership of the domain name.
Arbitration panellist Terry F. Peppard did not reportedly question Escobar Inc’s trademark claims and the domain owner didn’t respond.
According to the decision, the domain owner was asking $3 million for the name. The National Arbitration Forum decided to transfer the domain to the Escobar Inc.
Escobar Inc is a private holding company based in Medellín, Colombia, that was first established in 1984 by Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, brother of Pablo.
The company is responsible for managing the assets of the Escobar family, including the intellectual property rights and licensing of same.
Pablo Escobar was behind the deaths of thousands of people during gang-land murders and bombing campaigns in his long-running war with the Colombian government.
He amassed an estimated US$30 billion by the time of his death – equivalent to $58 billion today – while his cartel monopolised the cocaine trade into the US in the 1980s and 1990s.
Escobar, who has been the subject of multiple books, TV shows and films including a recent Netflix series, was killed during a shootout with Colombian National Police in December of 1993.