Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Bone Buff, Aug 21, 2012.
Apparently the Big XII has applied to trademark "Big 14".
Rumor mill go.
I think the Big 12 already had the rights to the Big 14.
I think they had the domain names for Big 12, 14 and 16 if I remember correctly.
note to self: buy domain name Pac18 and Pac20
So you're saying Allbuffs should go head and apply for the Big 16 trademark?
Given the conference applied for the trademark in February 2009 (when Colorado, Mizzou, kNU and Aggie were all members), this means absolutely nothing. Except for if the prior mentioned four schools had stuck around, CSU and Florida State would have been added to make the Big 14.
Sarcasm, Sacky. Sarcasm.
Actually, before the whole realignment shuffle started, I read an article from an old SI about the Big 8 -> Big 12 evolution, and the first things that tipped people off was that Big 8 applied for the Big 12 TM and website.
Due to the whispers of the Pac 10 expanding, I immediately went tot he computer and looked up the Pac 10 website (www.pac-10.com) and saw that www.pac-12.com, www.pac-14.com, and www.pac-16.com were not registered.
It is one of the great tragedies of my life that I didn't register them right then and there; some NBA basketball player who is ALSO a domain-name speculator (you can't make this **** up) bought www.pac-12.com and got a cool $25Gs from the Pac 12 to hand it over.
Yep, and you can also get sued in federal court for doing something like that (ACPA). I don't recommend it.
I'm trying to remember the facts and they don't add up, so I'm trying to remember whether or not this happened as I remember it, but out of interest please explain.
My understanding is that domain names are bought and sold all the time.
I think you have to show some sort of intent to use these days. I remember that there were issues with people buying up high school (even middle school) basketball player names and squatting on them. But the impetus for the rule change, iirc, was people buying up likely POTUS candidate domains. The political parties did not like that one bit.
Sure. You can't intentionally buy a domain name that infringes a trademark owner's rights. PAC-14 is similar to PAC-10 in commercial impression and - unless you have a legitimate reason for buying the domain other than reselling it to the PAC-10 for megabucks - you're ****ed. See this: http://www.lrlaw.com/ipblog/blog.aspx?entry=261
Thanks for saving me future legal bills.
but it can be cheaper for the PAC:12 or other entity to just buy the domain than spend a ton of money fighting it in court.
This is true, but there is an expedited arbitration proceeding (UDRP) where a domain can be transferred at a relatively low cost very quickly.
Separate names with a comma.