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12|30|2008 06:24 pm EDT

Bodybuilder Found Guilty of “Cyber-Piracy” and Trademark Dilution in American Indian Tribe Domain Name Case

by Adam Strong in Categories: Legal Issues

According to the Miami Herald, bodybuilder Steven Thiele, has been found liable of cyber-piracy and trademark dilution.  He was ordered to pay $3000 plus legal fees.  Thiele had previously demanded the Indian tribe pay $500,000 each for the domain names miccosukeetribeofindiansofflorida.com, miccosukeetribeofindians.com and billycypress.com. The tribe recently had won a default judgment when Thiele did not respond.

Thiele may wish to count his blessings in this case, considering Verizon was just recently awarded $50,000 each for the OnlineNic domain name squatting violations that were also default judgments.

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5 Comments

David J Castello

December 30, 2008 @ 7:11 pm EDT

Adam:
Before it went to court he upped his price to a million:
http://www.citmedialaw.org/threats/miccosukee-tribe-indians-v-steven-thiele

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December 30, 2008 @ 9:23 pm EDT

I remember when they offered him $100,000 for the domain names a couple of months ago and he turned them down. I can only imagine how much he regrets doing so and attempting to fight such an obvious violation.

RegFeeNames.com

December 31, 2008 @ 5:59 am EDT

This guy was a complete idiot!

He should have took the money and run but as I said on another post on TheDomains.com – People are greedy!

$100K is still alot of cash and now he has nothing and has to pay costs!

This is why the world is in a mess because bank and others got GREEDY!

Regards,

Robbie

NameSale.net

January 5, 2009 @ 9:25 pm EDT

This guy is an idiot.

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January 6, 2009 @ 10:10 am EDT

I have heard that steroids make you feel invincible.

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