Domain name related to drug bust purchased


    Correction: A previous story stated that university spokesperson Lisa Albert's has not responded to TCU 360 but her response was received before publication and is shown below.

    An Arlington man bought the domain one day after the drug bust, according to domain name records.

    According to WHOIS records, Justin Griffith bought the site on Feb. 16. Calls and emails to Griffith from TCU 360 were not returned.

    The site is not active but legal actions could arise if the site’s intent becomes profitable, attorney John Di Giacomo said. Di Giacomo specializes in copyright, trademark and Internet defamation at Traverse Legal.

    “It all comes down to what the intent in registering that domain name is,” Di Giacomo said.

    Di Giacomo said the university’s legal options, if they chose to try to stop the use of the domain, would depend on the how the domain was used and whether it was  considered as fair use or cybersquatting, using an site to profit off of a trademark .

    Di Giacomo said if the site were to have the university’s logo and sell TCU drug bust-related merchandise it would then be considered cybersquatting and TCU would likely win if they went to court.

    Cybersquatting would also become an issue if the site could be confused as university-operated, Di Giacomo said.

    The buyer could also be deemed as warehousing sites if the site was part of excessive buying of domains.

    “Warehousing is this idea that if you’re a guy who goes out there and registers hundreds of domain names and you just sit on them waiting for someone to buy them from you,” Di Giacomo said. “that’s evidence of you being a cybersquatter.”

    He said if the site were used for criticism of the university or about the way the bust was handled it would be considered fair use and TCU would probably lose if they went to court.

    He said the university should keep up with TCU-related domain purchases to stay proactive.

    TCU bought .XXX domains that became available earlier this year. Universities aren’t typically as active in “defensive registration” as businesses are, but staying ahead would be in its best interest, Di Giacomo said.

    University spokesperson Lisa Albert said TCU Technology Resources does not have any infomation on the domain buyer.