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
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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