April 2004 Toledo Talk posting titled John Robinson Block hijacks local web site
"In the same week that the Toledo Blade won their long-coveted Pulitzer
Prize, Blade publisher John R. Block is being accused of trying to restrain
freedom of the press. Block is accused of pirating the popular web site,
"TheMentalBlock.Net", because it advocates policies that differ from those
of the newspaper he owns."
"Three days ago, Paul Hem, an employee of the Toledo Blade, requested Network
Solutions, an internet control agency, to give Hem the rights to the domain
name of TheMentalBlock.Net. That agency is currently in the process of
acting on that request."
"Paul Hem is John Block's computer systems manager at The Blade. Hem made his request
of Network Solutions citing inaccurate or incorrect information regarding
current ownership of the domain name as the reason he should be awarded
rights to the name."
"Since TheMentalBlock.Net went on line in October, 2003, it has been a severe
critic of John R. Block and his newspaper's editorial policy. The web site
has used ridicule, as much as it has facts, to oppose the Toledo newspaper.
According to the web site's editor, the Mental Block's viewership has grown from
several hundred to as many as 12,000 monthly viewers in Toledo."