University of Oklahoma Files Cybersquatting Complaint against Registrant of soonernetwork.com

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is suing Hugh Michael Glenn, who registered the domain name soonernetwork.com and linked it to the image of a longhorn, representing OU's rival the University of Texas.  

The image also displayed the phrase "Go Longhorns!!!" and stated that the domain was for sale.

The University of Oklahoma operates a website at the soonersports.com domain name that promotes its SOONER SPORTS NETWORK brand and mark.

The University demanded that Glenn transfer the soonernetwork.com domain name to its Board of Regents. Glenn failed to comply with the University's demand. Instead, the soonernetwork.com webpage was modified to advertise a business purportedly called the "Sooner Network," which alleges to be an "online solution to finding eldercare in Oklahoma."

"Defendant's 'Sooner Network' business is purely fictional," the University alleges, "and was established solely to create the false impression that Defendant has a legitimate use for his soonernetwork.com domain name."

The University accuses Glenn of using the soonernetwork.com domain name to lure and divert Internet users searching for the Sooner Marks. It is alleged that Glenn's sole intent was to sell the domain name for a profit.

"Defendant Glenn's webpages hosted at the soonernetwork.com domain name were intended to aggravate or otherwise cause harm with the intention of soliciting an offer from the Board of Regents to purchase the domain name from Defendant Glenn," the University argues. 

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