Student, city fight for Olympic Web siteEdit

A 29-year-old MBA student is counter suing the Chicago Olympic committee for rights to

Northwestern University student Stephen Frayne Jr. bought the site from a Japanese company in 2004. Chicago kicked off its bid to host the 2016 Olympics two years later. The city’s Olympic committee has trademarked “Chicago 2016,” and uses as its official web site.

The Chicago and U.S. Olympic committees appealed to an international arbitration organization for ownership of, and a decision is expected Monday. Frayne filed suit against both groups Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago to stop the proceedings.

“We certainly see as the logical default domain for our site, and we believe having someone else control it is misleading for people seeking information about Chicago’s bid,” Chicago 2016 spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.

Frayne owns 40 other sites whose names combine a city name and year, including He launched late last month as place for discussion about Chicago’s Olympic chances. The site states that it is not hosted by the Olympic committee and directs users to

“This case represents an important battle for First Amendment rights and the use of the Internet as a forum to foster debate over a topic that deserves to be discussed,” Frayne’s lawsuit states.

Freedom of speech is not at issue, but “the domain name that is rightfully ours,” Sandusky said.

Chicago is competing against three other cities to host the 2016 Olympics.

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