Tulsa man gives up civil right's icon's domain name

Wednesday, September 20th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Chicago-AP) -- An icon of the civil rights movement has again stood her ground and won.

Eighty-seven-year-old Rosa Parks won the domain name rights to w-w-w--dot-rosaparks-dot-com, a site created by an Oklahoma man who planned to auction it off.

That's according to Park's Chicago lawyer, Oscar Alcantara.

Alcantara says he sent a cease and desist letter to Lester Shaw of Tulsa, after which Shaw agreed to give up the domain name.

Alcantara said yesterday that Shaw violated a new federal law banning "cybersquatting." That's the pre-empting of Internet domain names with the aim of selling those names to companies or people with trademark associations to them.

The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in Detroit will use the Web site to educate visitors on civil rights and Parks.