SBD/July 18, 2014/Media

AFL Predators' Old Website Redirects Visitors To Florida Sex Offenders Database

OrlandoPredators.com for years was the online home of the AFL Orlando Predators, but the website now "redirects visitors to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's archive of sexual offenders and predators," according to Alicia DelGallo of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The domain change is "part of the recent ownership change of the team -- and neither the Predators nor the league [are] happy about it." The owner of OrlandoPredators.com is "listed as private, but Pearsall Holdings, LP, a company owned by former Preds managing partner David Pearsall, is listed as the reseller." This means he "has permission to redirect site visitors to any page on the web or sell the domain name to third-party hosts." New Predators President Jared Saft said, "Our initial reaction was to reach out to the league. We're really disappointed. [Pearsall]'s potentially harming fans and children who are trying to get information on the team. When you register a domain, you represent that you're not infringing on a trademark. Well, he's infringing on a trademark." Saft added that a complaint has "been filed with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit organization responsible for regulating domain names, among other things." Saft: "We think that domain belongs with the team; It's pretty clear." DelGallo notes the team "launched a new website called MyOrlandoPredators.com" while it works to "regain control of its former domain" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/18).
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