URL copyright?

Posted by . updated on 11/11/2009
I recently acquired a domain with the acronym 'ncaa' in it.
I sent a quick email over to the ncaa asking if they felt that the url alone would constitute a copyright violation. I told them it would be used to discuss college athletics, but there would not be any use of any NCAA logos or trademark phrases in the actual site.

I received a letter stating basically that they did feel it would infringe upon NCAA property rights, and that they want me to transfer the domain over to them (they will reimburse the cost of buying the domain).

I would like to hear if anyone else thinks this is appropriate. Does merely having an acronym of an organization in a url constitute copyright infringement.  And if so, do I really have to transfer the domain back to them at face value?

thanks for your time!
Answers (2)
 
JSonnabend
From my understanding of your facts, you likely are in the right, and the NCAA's position is likely not supportable.  Doesn't mean they can't make trouble for you, or that you'll necessarily come out on top, but I believe you are allowed under the law to do what you are doing.

You might want to discuss the matter directly with an attorney.  Relying on general advice in these forums is not wise.

- Jeff
 
 
guest555
Thanks for the response ---
 

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