A Hadleigh man who registered nine website addresses in the hope of selling them on to British Telecom for profit has been ordered to hand them over for nothing.
BT took action after Samuel Jackson, of Angel Street, registered nine internet domain names, including the name of its new TV channel BT Sport.
The UK’s domain name dispute resolution service, Nominet, found that the registrations were “abusive” and ordered Jackson to transfer them to BT.
Adjudicator Carl Gardner said that in May 2013, the company, which had a UK trademark for “BT Sport”, announced its BT Sport service.
BT claimed that Jackson’s registration of the domain names on May 19, days after the announcement, was an attempt to trade off and profit from the its goodwill and reputation.
The company said that, in email correspondence in February 2014, Jackson said he intended to sell the domain names as he “thought they would be a popular target” for anyone wishing to make a review forum for sports which BT broadcast.
Mr Gardner said BT had evidence that Jackson had offered the domain names for sale and they should be transferred immediately.