Winston & Strawn Secures Award of Professional Athlete and Celebrity Domain
Names for NBA's Chris Bosh in Cybersquatting Case


    
    Bosh Gets Award of Nearly 800 Domain Names And Offers Their Return for
Free
    to Cybersquatting Victims




    
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<p><location>CHICAGO</location>, <chron>Oct. 14</chron> /CNW/ -- In a landmark legal case, <location>Toronto</location> Raptors forward <person>Chris Bosh</person> has won custody of  nearly 800 domain names wrongfully appropriated from professional athletes and celebrities.  Through his social media firm, <person>Max Deal</person>, Bosh is offering to return the domain names for free to their rightful owners.  The offer was announced by Bosh's agent, <person>Henry Thomas</person>, Co-President of <person>Max Deal</person>, Hadi Teherany, and Bosh's law firm, Winston & Strawn LLP, which secured the victory.</p>
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<p>The award of the domain names to Bosh issued on <chron>September 24, 2009</chron> by Judge Florence-Marie Cooper and carried out yesterday, follows an award of <money>$120,000</money> in April, 2009 for the violation of Bosh's rights under the Federal Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act in federal court for the Central District of California against <person>Luis Zavala</person> and his company Hoopology.com, who had registered the domain "chrisbosh.com."  The infringing website originally displayed ads using Bosh's name to generate revenue for Zavala and Hoopology.com, but had no actual association to Bosh.   Zavala also owned and used nearly 800 other domains which incorporated the names of various professional athletes, college and high school athletes as well as well-known entertainers, product names and other entertainment properties, for the same purposes.</p>
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<p>Bosh's law firm, Winston & Strawn, convinced the court to award Bosh each of the nearly 800 domains owned by Zavala and Hoopology.com.  The list contains the names of famous athletes and entertainers, including Olympic gold medalists, the NBA's Deron Williams and Tayshaun Prince, NBA All-Stars Rashard Lewis, <person>Danny Granger</person> and <person>Maurice Williams</person>, the NBA's <person>Charlie Villanueva</person>, Hedo Turkoglu, Andre Iguodala and Andrea Bargnani, as well as the president and general manager and 11 current and former players for Bosh's own team.  For the full list of domain names see <a href="http://www.winston.com/siteFiles/Domain_Name_List.pdf">http://www.winston.com/siteFiles/Domain_Name_List.pdf</a>.</p>
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<p>"I am thrilled that I am able to offer the return of these domain names to a host of other athletes and celebrities whose names were cybersquatted," said <person>Chris Bosh</person>, a four-time NBA All-Star, and Olympic gold medalist.  "I will offer the return of the domain names free of charge, but I'd also love the opportunity to show their owners how <person>Max Deal</person> can help."</p>
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<p>"From my perspective, Chris is a cyber-hero," said <person>Brian Heidelberger</person>, the Winston & Strawn partner who represented Bosh in this matter, along with Winston & Strawn associates <person>Marc Trachtenberg</person> and Mark L. Smith.</p>
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<p>Winston & Strawn LLP is an international commercial law firm with 12 offices across the U.S. as well as in <location>Europe</location> and Asia.  It has extensive experience in e-commerce, advertising, promotions and entertainment law, and has successfully represented many other major corporations and individuals in cybersquatting and other e-commerce related matters.  More information is available at <a href="http://www.winston.com">www.winston.com</a>.</p>
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<p><person>Max Deal</person> is a social media company that allows brands to increase their reach to audiences by using digital media as a means of communication.</p>
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<p><person>Henry Thomas</person> of CAA Sports represents several elite athlete clients and provides media and marketing services to both new and established sports property brands.</p>
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<p>The new and current registrar for the portfolio of domain names is Safenames Ltd., specializing in global domain registration.  The case citation is 2:08-cv-04851-FMC-MANx.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Darryl Van Duch, Senior Communications Manager of Winston & Strawn LLP, +1-312-558-6185, dvanduch@winston.com

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