GENEVA – Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (search) has won control of two Internet domain names containing the name of his fund-raising LiveStrong bracelets.
Arbitrators for the World Intellectual Property Organization on Tuesday ordered the transfer of the domain names http://www.livestrongbracelets.net and http://www.talk-livestrong.com to the cycling great. He contended they infringed on his trademark rights and had been registered in bad faith.
The ruling upheld Armstrong's complaint against the individual that registered the names — Chris Angeles of West Covina, Calif. Angeles had several opportunities to assert a right or a legitimate interest in the domain names, but failed to do so, the ruling said.
The $1 LiveStrong bracelets are sold by the Texas-based Lance Armstrong Foundation (search) to raise funds for cancer research.
Anyone can register a domain name for a few dollars, leading to "cybersquatters." A number of celebrities have won the Internet version of their names back, including Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Madonna (search), Nicole Kidman, Pamela Anderson, Pierce Brosnan and Carmen Electra (search).