Thursday, October 27, 2011 : DON'T MESS WITH THIS DOMAIN
Twoplustwo successful in trademark and copyright action
The respected twoplustwo poker information and forum site has successfully defended its trademark and copyright against a former member, Anthony Scocozzo, according to a statement released this week by twoplustwo owner Mason Malmuth.
"Two Plus Two recently obtained a judgment from the United States District Court, District of Nevada, for $150,000.00 in statutory damages for the willful infringement of our trademark and copyrights. The judgment also includes reimbursement of our costs and attorney fees," Malmuth explains in a company statement.
"The Defendant in the suit was Anthony Scocozzo (and/or one of his several aliases), a former member of the Two Plus Two forums, who registered a domain name containing our famous "two plus two" trademark and offered several of our copyrighted books for free download in the "e-book" format.
"We tried on numerous occasions to resolve the suit prior to litigation, but the Defendant refused to cooperate. Therefore, we had to file suit and enforce our intellectual property rights. Although we certainly don't enjoy litigation, we pursue lawsuits when we have to in order to protect ourselves from infringers. We are quite happy with the outcome and judgment in this case."
Our readers will recall that twoplustwo launched a similar action in 2009 against poker pro Dutch Boyd, claiming that he had registered "twoplustwopoker.com" as his domain name, earning revenues from the company's fame in the poker world.