Thursday, May 28, 2015
May 28th, 2015.
For a few years now, the WBC, through its Chief Legal Counsel’s office, has consistently reported and caused to remove unauthorized replicas and fake WBC belts from eBay. Historically, eBay has been one of the main trade vehicles for boxing belts in the U.S. and in certain regions in Europe. In 2015 alone, the WBC caused the removal of over 150 fake belts from eBay.
Additionally, the WBC has alerted eBay’s and Facebook’s advertising departments of the illegal activities of several merchandisers that have been selling and advertising counterfeit merchandise through those sites. The ultimate goal of the WBC in those instances is to permanently bar the owners of those pirate sites from operating through eBay and using eBay and Facebook to advertise their nefarious activities. The WBC’s eBay and Facebook programs are ongoing. We appreciate the efforts of the David and Fay Walker from the U.K. for monitoring eBay and similar sites and reporting fake WBC belts to the Chief Special Counsel’s office.
Besides the illegal trade on eBay sites, in the last couple of years several web sites have been established that focus on the marketing and sale of fake, unauthorized replicas of WBC belts. For example, the site www.WBCBelts.com was using the WBC trademarks to legitimize their illegal sale of fake WBC belts. The WBC’s approach against the operators of that site was swift and permanent.
On December 11, 2014, the WBC filed a Complaint with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) against the owners of www.WBCBelts.com. The WBC designated the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as the arbitrating entity. On December 23, 2014, the WBC filed an amended complaint to include additional information we gathered about the infringers. Instead of litigating the issue, the Pakistani owners of the company operating the www.WBCBelts.com site started diverting the site’s Internet traffic to www.allboxingbelts.com.
In February of 2015, as a result of the WBC’s efforts, the WIPO Arbitration Panel found that the operators of www.WBCBelts.com: (1) were in violation of the Policies and Rules of the WIPO; and (2) had registered www.WBCBelts.com in bad faith and for the purpose of commercial gain. In early March of 2015, ICAAN officially transferred ownership of the domain name www.wbcbelts.com to the WBC. By then, the infringers were selling fake WBC belts through www.allboxingbelts.com. ; Because the new name did not include “WBC” or any confusingly similar terms, the WBC couldn’t use the ICAAN process to try to force them to surrender that domain name to the WBC. Therefore, the WBC took a different route to try to attack the company operating those web sites.
The WBC Chief Legal Counsel’s office contacted the Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (DHIS) regarding the actions of the owners of both sites, which are one and the same. Because the WBC marks are registered in the U.S., the DHIS has the power to seize and therefore shut down a website trading on infringing merchandise. In order to document the illegal activities of the infringers, the WBC certified as counterfeit a belt obtained through www.allboxingbelts.com. ; Based on the WBC’s certification, on May 8, 2015, DHIS obtained a judicial seizure warrant for www.allboxingbelts.com, which it served upon the domain name registry. As of March 22, 2015, the DHIS seized the infringing domain name. As a result of the DHIS’ seizure, any potential customers of www.allboxingbelts.com who try to access that site end up seeing the DHIS’ notice of seizure and a warning about copyright infringement. That site is no longer trading on illegal and counterfeit WBC belts.
The WBC will continue its tireless efforts to stop the theft of its intellectual properties by unscrupulous thieves and commercial mercenaries.
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Monday, May 4, 2015
JOINT STATEMENT FROM TEAM PACQUIAO AND TOP RANK
During training, Manny Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury. Manny went to see world-class doctors, partners in the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, who performed tests and, in consultation with Manny, his promoter, and his advisors, concluded that with short rest, treatments, and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.
Manny’s advisors notified the United States Anti-Doping Agency (“USADA”) of the shoulder injury and the treatments being proposed by the doctors during training and on fight night. USADA spoke to Manny’s doctors twice, investigated, and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed. The medication approved for fight night was a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Toradol).
Manny continued to train and his shoulder improved, though not 100%. This is boxing, injuries happen, and Manny is a warrior. Again, in consultation with his doctors, promoter and advisors, Manny decided to proceed with the fight anticipating that he could receive his pre-fight treatment. That specific treatment had been approved by USADA in writing at least 5 days before the fight.
On his pre-fight medical form filled out earlier in the week, Manny’s advisors listed the medications that Manny used in training and the medications that might be used on fight night. A few hours before he was expected to step in the ring, when Manny’s doctors began the process, the Nevada Commission stopped the treatment because it said it was unaware of Manny’s shoulder injury.
This was disappointing to Team Pacquiao since they had disclosed the injury and treatment to USADA, USADA approved the treatments, and Manny had listed the medication on his pre-fight medical form.
Also, USADA had provided a copy of its contract with the fighters to the Commission. An hour before the fight, Manny’s advisors asked the Commission to reconsider and the director of USADA advised the Commission that USADA had approved the fight-night treatment, but the Commission denied the request.
With the advice of his doctors, Manny still decided to proceed with the fight. His shoulder wasn’t perfect but it had improved in training camp.
However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses. Manny gave it his best.
PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 5 ON HBO®
May 4, 2015 – In anticipation of one of the spring boxing season’s most intriguing events – the super welterweight battle between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland on May 9th – HBO Sports will air “24/7 Canelo/Kirkland,” an exhilarating one episode, 30-minute special examining the upcoming showdown. In the highly-anticipated fight set for Minute Maid Park in Houston, Tex., Canelo and Kirkland will collide in one of the year’s most important encounters. HBO will televise it live on the flagship World Championship Boxing series.
The “24/7 Canelo/Kirkland” special will premiere Tuesday, May 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and air multiple times throughout fight week. It will preview the fast approaching and hotly anticipated meeting between two accomplished warriors who are on a collision course to confront each other. The special will provide all-new content including portraits of both fighters’ path to this significant spring showdown.
Canelo Alvarez, just 24-years-old and one of boxing’s biggest stars with a near perfect ring record of 44-1-1 (31 KOs), will make his 2015 debut after a successful 2014 campaign that featured signature wins over Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo. Kirkland, 29, of Austin, Texas, returns to action in his home state boasting a 32-1 record with 28 knockouts which exemplifies the stunning knockout strength he will bring to the ring.
The 30-minute special narrated by Liev Schreiber and produced by HBO’s Emmy-Award®-winning “24/7” production team will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the series.
Other HBO playdates: May 6 (7:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.), 7 (11:30 a.m.), 8 (1:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.) and 9 (11:00 a.m.).
HBO2 playdates: May 5 (2:50 a.m.), 7 (11:45 p.m.) and 8 (10:30 p.m.).
All times are ET/PT.
Immediately following the premiere of 24/7 Canelo/Kirkland, HBO Sports presents an all-new edition of "The Fight Game With Jim Lampley" at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The half-hour program hosted by Jim Lampley looks at the latest news, biggest personalities and headline-making developments in the sport of boxing.