A few weeks ago, we told you about the Tupac Shakur fan who owned the website domain name Pac12.com. When the new Pac-12 found out the domain name was owned, it sent the man, whom we now know is Austin Linford, a cease and desist letter in January. Linford then responded by putting up an Amazon widget to Tupac's music on his website, and the Pac-12 filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Well, it seems Mr. Linford can get lawyered up too. Linford has filed his own lawsuit against the Pac-12.
Austin Linford filed the suit after the PAC-10 filed a UDRP complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization to get the domain name Pac12.com. Linford is asking for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement.
Although it originally appeared that the domain name changed hands immediately after the PAC-10 announced it was changing to the PAC-12, I’m now convinced that the same person owned the domain name. Linford just used different registrant information in WHOIS. This means he owned the domain name some five years before the conference announced its name change.To go along with Pac12.com, Linford also owns Pacific12.com and PACtwelve.com. Now, if you ask me, the fact that Linford owns the domain name Pacific12.com tells me that he knew exactly what he was doing when he bought these domain names. I'm just impressed with his foresight and the fact that he bought the domains five years ago.
Seems he knew what was coming.
So the Pac-12 has a few options here. It can either spend some money to fight a court battle it isn't guaranteed to win, or it can use that money and make Linford an offer for the domains. After all, I don't think he bought them with anything else in mind.
Hat tip: Dr. Saturday