UC Decides Not to Sue ‘Darkside’ Website Creator

February 7, 2005

Following a complaint and threat of litigation from a civil liberties group, the University of California has chosen not to pursue a legal battle against a website critical of UCSB.

In November of 2004, the university asked James Baron, the father of a former UCSB student, to remove the letters “UCSB” from his website, thedarksideofucsb.com. UCSB officials said Baron’s use of the trademark violates a section of the California Education Code, and visitors could confuse the site with a campus-affiliated entity. On behalf of Baron, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) wrote a letter to Chancellor Henry Yang dated Jan. 31 that said the university’s request infringes upon Baron’s First Amendment rights, and the civil liberties group “is committed to using all of its media, legal and other resources to protect Mr. Baron’s right of free expression...

Schools: University of California, Santa Barbara Cases: University of California, Santa Barbara: Attempt to Stop Website from Using Letters “UCSB”