Why Did One NBA Player Get 800 Domain Names From A Cybersquatter?

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Here’s an odd one. Apparently Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh was given control over 800 domain names related to NBA basketball players that had been cybersquatted. I’m not sure what it is with professional basketball players and domain name speculation — as this is the second such story involving that combination — but what struck me as odd about this is why Bosh was given all the domain names. Bosh had sued over the registration and use of chrisbosh.com — so you could understand a ruling that gave him control over that domain name. But why give him the other 799 domain names involving other players as well? Bosh has said he’ll hand over the rights to the other players for free, but it still doesn’t make sense why he got control over them in the first place.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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The judge said he HAD to give them back, and who cares if it;s him or some other unknown court-appointed clueless Pedro? At least it’s not squatters. Plus, he gives them back for free. So what’s the problem? No one said they had to ask for it, they said he had to give them back.

Why not the court distribute? You want us to pay for that? Let some guy handle it free of charge instead of asking the people to pay up for it.

interval says:

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I’m too lazy to read the article. So the judge, in his wisdom, gave the player the domains as part of the settlement? Perhaps the judge is a believer of “to the victor, the spoils.” and simply isn’t aware of the actual implication of domain squatting, or the underlying technology. Here’s one who is !internet saavy;

John Fenderson (profile) says:

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But Bosh only has standing to sue over the use of his own name. (I assume — this is Canadian law and I’m a USian, but I assume a certain commonality).

Given that he won the lawsuit, it can only affect that name. The domain name can be easily transferred to him without access to the account (or registrar, for that matter) that created it.

So your postulation would only deepen the problem. Then it would be why did he get control over an account rather than a domain name?

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

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“From what I was reading and what was explained to me by a buddy (so I cant confirm it), is that the domains were given because Bosh was owed a lot of money and they thought the owner would not pay as he does not have the money to do so. As such he gave the domains instead of cash.”

Gave them to him to substitute cash along with an order that he can’t keep them?

That’s just silly….

Jorvay (profile) says:

Makes some sense

There’s a difference between owning a domain and cybersquatting. It’s not illegal to own someone else’s name as a domain, but it is illegal own it for the sole purpose of profiting at the expense (direct or indirect) of the named person/organization.
Therefore, Chris Bosh can be awarded those domains as personal property in lue of doubtful payment. He just can’t take those names and squat on them after.
Of course, being the class act that Chris Bosh is (as any basketball fan knows already), Chris is doing the classy thing and giving those domains to their namesakes.

The moral issue may be a bit sketchy on the legal side of things, but cudos to Bosh for doing the right thing. Us Raptors fans have come to expect no less over the years.

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