Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh won a cybersquatting lawsuit under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act against Luis Zavala for the chrisbosh.com domain name earlier this month. As a part of the decision, Bosh was given the rights to over 800 other domain names that incorporate the names of celebrities, including University of Michigan athletes Darryl Stonum and Laval Lucas-Perry.
AnnArbor.com reports that other University of Michigan athletes have had the domain names stolen, including Manny Harris, DeShawn Sims, and Tate Forcier. This story reiterates a simple point: celebrities must register the names as a domain name before anyone else does. Cybersquatters are interested the web traffic that a domain name or a trademark generates. Whether you are a NFL pro or a red-shirt freshman, if your name is famous a cybersquatter is interested in registering it in a domain name.
If you believe that your name has been wrongfully registered in a domain, you may have a right to recover the domain name under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act or the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure. Contact one of our expert cybersquatting attorneys today to protect your valuable rights in your name.