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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Law - Cybersquatting, does intent matter?

Last week the ILB had an entry including this quote from a Louisville Courier Journal story:

Jeffersonville's Board of Ethics made plans last night to investigate whether the campaign of Mayor Rob Waiz violated the city's ethics ordinance when it bought several Internet addresses likely to be used by the campaign of former Mayor Tom Galligan.
Today the Indianapolis Star Sports Section has an AP story (not available from the Star site, but also carried at this Minnesota link) that reports:
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em.

The University of Iowa has come up with a proactive method for fighting Web sites built to criticize its coaches by buying domain names.

Web sites ripping college coaches have popped up in increasing numbers in recent years. But the ongoing battle between Internet sites and athletic departments took a new twist last summer when University of Iowa officials purchased seven domain names, including firekirkferentz.com, in order to keep them off the market.

The Minnesota paper credits a blog, Deadspin.com, which had this entry Monday:
So here's a clever idea: To make sure that no enterprising and surly fan starts a campaign to take down the head coach at your program, the University of Iowa has bought the rights to FireKirkFerentz.com.

The Iowa football coach has struggled in recent years, and, as FireRonZook.com fans can attest, these sites can really gain traction when matters are streaming downhill. The Hawkeyes are taking no chances; they have also bought the rights to FireLisaBluder.com and FireGaryBarta.com; that's the women's basketball coach and the athletic director, respectively. If you go to either site, it will send you to HawkeyeSports.com.

They're a little too late in one regard, though; Fire Steve Alford is fully operational. Gotta be quicker next time, guys.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 21, 2007 07:24 AM
Posted to General Law Related