I picked the URL "CNNdn" to signify "down," as in: the stock market going down, down, down. See the arrow pointing down on the CNNdn logo? I did not, as you suggested, pick the name because "D" is next to "F" on the keyboard. I have server records that prove that the URL http://cnndn.com received less than ten visits per day before I posted a site to the URL and told others about it.
Now that you've begun to take action against my extremely insignificant Web site, I'm looking at this as an experiment. My theory is that:
1. even though CNN will only be harmed by taking action against me (even and especially if it succeeds in shutting down CNNdn.com), and
you will continue to advise CNN to take action against me. This same situation has played out countless times between corporations and individuals over trademark issues, and each time (almost compulsively) the corporation behaves exactly the same way. Each time the corporation smears its own reputation and the individual gets lots of good press and has fun.
2. even though I will only benefit by CNN taking action against me, and
3. even though CNN is not being harmed at all by my site now
The experiment is this: I'm going to do my best to help your client understand the true nature of this situation and how this case would be a complete waste of their time and their money. But I hypothesize that they will not be able to help themselves. They will not be able to not listen to their lawyers. Something has happened in our society where clients can't bring themselves to make decisions for themselves. It's a bad thing and it deserves some attention in the business press.
I'm sure that the decision to take action against me did not come from people within CNN. Maybe they alerted you to the site, but it was your idea to begin to take action against me. Why not just tell them, "Hardly anyone is visiting the site anyway, and if we leave it alone it will soon be forgotten altogether."
OK, that said there is one condition on which I would immediately shut the site down and even turn over the domain name cnndn.com to your client: Ted Turner just has to agree to have a beer with me. I know he's a busy man, but I'll make it real easy. This can happen anytime in the next 5 years, and the meeting only has to last an hour. It can happen anywhere but I'll need a few weeks notice if it's more than a train ride away from wherever I'm living. I think Mr. Turner would actually have an interesting time talking to me, and he'd be saving CNN tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
CNNdn has developed a readership among CNN employees. In fact, 20% of the traffic to the site so far has come from Turner Corp. computers. Therefore, you can be assured that this conversation between us will also make it directly to your client.