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Meat Loaf

Sues Impersonator --

Stop Stealing My Website!

7/4/2012 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Meat Loaf
is going after a well-known Meat Loaf impersonator like a bat out of hell -- claiming the tribute singer is a filthy cyber-squatter ... hijacking the website MeatLoaf.org ... and refusing to hand it over.

Meat Loaf -- real name Michael Aday -- filed the lawsuit against Dean Torkington in federal court, claiming Torkington registered MeatLoaf.org in "bad faith," and has since exploited the domain name to mislead and confuse Meat Loaf fans into thinking he's the real singer.

0704_meat_loaf_dean_torkingtonTorkington uses the website to promote his act -- called "To Hell and Back: A Tribute to Meat Loaf."

Meat Loaf claims Torkington -- who's based in the UK -- has no right to own or use the domain name, and is currently breaking the law by cybersquatting ... in violation of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

Meat Loaf wants Torkington to shut down his website and hand over the domain. He also wants $100,000 in damages.

Calls to Torkington were not returned.

116 COMMENTS

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1.

Mary Ann McQueen    

Beside Celebrity Apprentice, I wonder if most 20 & 30-somethings even know what or why Meatloaf WAS famous....Just sayin'...

658 days ago
2.

Ritz    

Meh - who cares

658 days ago
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Fat Mike    

Saw Meatloaf live recently and reckon the impersonator would probably do a better job. Meatloaf sounds terrible now.

658 days ago
4.

LCS27    

Meat Loaf was famous but the kids nowadays are too dumb to know real talent and someone who really deserved to be famous.

658 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

so the guy paid for the domain.but meat loaf wants him to hand it over.i say you snooze you lose meat loaf

658 days ago
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Rhubino    

So I just went to Meatloaf.org. It's very clearly a tribute show, no "damage" done I'm sure. I also went to MeatLoaf.com - Marvin doesn't own that one either. Did he just discover the internet?

658 days ago
7.

Gillie    

Try... Marvin Aday.... who is your fact checker anyway?

658 days ago
8.

News Flash     

Two outa three ain't bad

658 days ago
9.

static    

Shoulda registered the domain name first, You snooze you loose fatboy.

658 days ago
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coathanger    

The title of this article is misleading as well. A domain name isn't a website, and the person who merely registers one isn't stealing anything. Plus it was never Meat Loaf's site to begin with so again, nobody is stealing anything.

658 days ago
11.

Toilethead    

Tough crap, lardass. If it was that important to you you would have taken it yourself years ago.

658 days ago
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davey    

LMAO.....as if anyone in the UK cares what the LA courts say! We have real courts here not the celeb loving fools on the bench in LA.....

658 days ago
13.

Melissa    

most...uninteresting news....ever.

658 days ago
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CochiseLiberty    

Way to use the law to attack a fan. $10,000? Really? Meatloaf, you officially suck and that goes for your lawyer too! "Stars" who sue fans over BS like this (or for even playing there music in the background of vids) is just wrong on so many levels. "Laws" have run amok at the fan's peril. You obviously don't appreciate the tribute. A fan no more!

658 days ago
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manbearpig    

he has no case. the other guy registered it first. and mr loaf sure won't get the 100,000 bucks either. hell, if i were dean, i would counter-sue if possible.

658 days ago
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