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Basketball Star Rescues 800 Domain Names from Cybersquatter

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Chris Bosh

Cybersquatting is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad-faith intent to profit from a trademark belonging to someone else. NBA superstar Chris Bosh recently won a major victory against a serial cybersquatter.

On September 24, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted an order requiring that Luis Zavala transfer all of his domain name holdings to Bosh. (A list of those holdings is available on this blog’s Downloads page as “Chris Bosh – Domain Names Awarded” – just sign up using the drop-down list in the sidebar.) This award is particularly significant because it is, to the best of my knowledge, the first time that a party has been awarded domain names that profit from third parties’ trademarks.

Bosh offered to make the domain names available to the applicable trademark owners at no charge through his social media firm Max Deal Technologies.

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