domain value reduced to reg fee

Chicago, Illinois – The Sports Weekly

Morale plummeted overnight in Chicago’s streets, as news of Rio de Janeiro becoming the host city for the 2016 Olympics was announced across the Internet. In street gang forums, MySpace and Twitter, the news was heard loud and clear. The result was unexpected to many, despite the recent violent killing of a young man in the streets of Chicago and the public release of a video depicting it.

“Dem bitches at Brazil, gots the ‘Lympics yo, we ain’t got sh*t!”, said one very upset tweet from “DaPlayaBling” in West Side Chicago.

Another tweet from “BootyliciousMomma” said:

“Outrageous! I tell you, ugh girl. We too goooood for dem. Obama my man did his best, God bless him. We be coming back in the Superbowl, fo’sho.”

Meanwhile, street gangs of East Side and West Side clashed as usual.

Earlier last week, Chicago mayor Richard Daley Jr. allegedly announced that Chicago had a strong advantage over Rio de Janeiro, citing that all Brazil got to hope for was hosting the World Cup Soccer in 2014.

“These samba dancers aren’t gonna get much attention with that girly sport, soccer. We are gonna get the Olympic Games and show off the true potential of Windy City. Go Chicago!”

Apparently, that statement was insulting to the IOC and the Olympic Spirit, and Chicago got a college football score result of zero, versus 46 votes for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Meanwhile, the operators of the domain name saw their traffic drop overnight and their best bet to recoup the registration and hosting fees would be to sell the domain on Sedo or eBay. Also, another company has already snatched in hopes of Windy City coming back in four years’ time. At least, there will be another mayor in the city by then, who will exercise more caution in issuing statements before a decision is made.

If you’re looking for the official web site of the candidate city of Chicago for the Olympic Games of 2016, that’s

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6 Responses to “ domain value reduced to reg fee”
  1. Arbel says:

    lol, Now all the CyberSquatters wasted their money on Chicago-Olympics domains…

    Nice Site…

    Congrats ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lucius "Guns" Fabrice says:

    Nothing wrong with domain speculation as long as it doesn’t infringe on trademarks ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. DNLingo says:

    The domain name may have lost it’s perspective value in terms of monies, but look at the name recognition it is receiving throughout the net. This domain has been mentioned on so many websites already. It will probably be stuck in our heads well past 2016.

  4. Lucius "Guns" Fabrice says:

    It’s stuck in our heads alright, as a cybersquatting case! ๐Ÿ˜€ The official site is at the .org

  5. David Green says:

    Good article.

    Regarding this do you know which Federal Court the action waa filed in so I can try getting a copy of the court pleadings? The reason I ask is there are 3 or 4 big companies I also want to file Federal Court cases against but want to do it pro-se due to the very high cost hiring an attorney. In addition, a few attorneys I spoke to seemed rnegative or even a bit reluctant to file such a case even if I paid their retainer fee.

  6. IPTV Domains says:


    Not quite over yet….


    ]Despite Bid Loss, Chicago 2016 May Still Face Legal Action Over Dot-Com

    [QUOTE]Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games may be over but the battle over the Internet domain will continue in the courts says Steve Frayne who registered the address five years ago.

    “There is a broader issue” Frayne told by telephone.

    Frayne says he set up and to facilitate a “balanced discussion” on Olympic bids by engaging economists on socio-economic issues.

    Last year Chicago 2016 and the United States Olympic Committee filed an action with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to try to snatch the coveted domain from Frayne citing trademark violation, cybersquating and bad faith. But Frayne filed an action in the U.S. court system and convinced WIPO to surrender the case to the domestic court. Frayne says a trial date is due to be set next Thursday.

    There are five counts against the United States Olympic Committee and nine counts against Chicago 2016. According to court documents Frayne seeks relief in the form of various declarations and “money damages”.

    Among the declarations Frayne wants it acknowledged that the “websites have neither infringed, nor diluted, nor tarnished the Defendantsโ€™ trademarks or service marks”, and are “not in violation of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act”.

    Most significantly, court documents filed by Frayne say that he wants the bid to “declare that Chicago 2016โ€™s actions and improper conduct violate Frayneโ€™s rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

    Frayne believes that Chicago 2016 cannot shut down with a legal case against it. After losing the race to Rio last Friday, the bid says it expects to shut its doors for the final time before the end of the year.

    The IOC has made a habit of using the dot-com with the city name and year to market their Games franchises on the Internet. In application documents to potential bidders the IOC requests that they use whatever means necessary to secure these domains. along with similar domains using the regional extensions instead of dot-com.

    Rio 2016 has already registered their domains.

    Frayne also registered the domain but he said he has already arranged an undisclosed settlement with that bid.

    “I have no further disputes with them” he said.

    But Frayne admitted that things didn’t go as expected with Chicago.

    “I always planned that Chicago would get the Olympics – I planned to keep the site active during the bid phase and throughout until about 2021.

    “Now the site will remain active. I will engage with the same economists – I want to look at the situation of not having the Games and what they might have missed out on.

    “I want to do this with other cities – to engage the community in a balanced discussion on socio-economic issues.”

    As of last year Frayne has reportedly registered over 40 city-year domain combinations; prospective bids be aware.

    Frayne’s persistence against an organization that is no longer a going concern suggests that he is trying to force a landmark court decision regarding domain names and freedom-of-speech. The stakes seem high for many but this is clearly a fight that Chicago 2016 will have no interest in.

    With counts also against the USOC – this may be their fight to protect their Olympic trademark rights. ~ (Source With Links)


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