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Old Apr 25th, 2008, 06:13 PM   #1
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WTA World is now TennisForum.com

Unfortunately, today we have to announce that we will no longer be able to
call our site "WTAworld.com" and it will now be called "TennisForum.com

Over the past few months, we have been in a legal battle with the WTA
originating from a legal letter sent to us by the WTA and their lawfirm
Kilpatrick Stockton. After using the WTAworld name for the past 6 years, the
WTA decided to get their lawyers after us. Why? Well who knows why, but
maybe because our site has become so popular that it threatens their
"official" site. According to Alexa, our site is ranked 7,569 in the World,
while their official site is at 5,757. Pretty close considering the
marketing clout and sponsors they have compared to our forum. I guess now we
are "competition" in their minds, and as such have to deal with their team
of lawyers and attorneys.

Initially, the WTA demanded we turn over the domain name WTAworld.com but
thanks to our efforts we were able to reach a settlement agreement. While we
had to make a difficult decision to discontinue using the name, its good to
know that we didn't lose everything.

We have attached copies of the WTA demand letter and lawsuit threats for
everyone's viewing.

Effective immediately, we have had to re-name the site "TennisForum.com" (it
was another domain we had available). PLEASE UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS as in
1-year's time, we will have to hand-over the domain name "WTAworld.com" to
the WTA and their ownership. In three years time, they will have full
control to do whatever they want with the domain, so we need to make sure we
don't lose any members due to the confusion.

Unfortunately, we have also had to make 2 other concessions in the
settlement agreement:
1) we are no longer allowed to have vBookie, or any sort of simulated
wagering or gambling on the website
2) we had to remove a specific thread that the WTA didn't like being posted
up.
Thankfully, we are now "settled" with the WTA, and TennisForum.com will live
and continue to grow and prosper! Thank you for your years of support of
WTAworld.com, and we look forward to seeing you on TennisForum.com

If you feel the need to contact the WTA Tour their contact information is
below:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3...atour/contact/

Corporate Headquarters
One Progress Plaza
Suite 1500
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
USA
Phone: +1.727.895.5000
Fax: +1.727.894.1982


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Old Apr 25th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #2
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I am in the process of condensing an attachement that will explain things further!
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Old Apr 25th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #3
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Please read the attachement
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Old Apr 25th, 2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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What?
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Instead of threatening with lawsuit, they should have helped improve the site and support the mods ... but as always the profit is in front and they want to have their entire cake. I don't understand why they bother, as it's an unofficial site, but yeah ...
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This stinks.
What was their problem with v-bookie?
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Old Apr 25th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #7
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Instead of threatening with lawsuit, they should have helped improve the site and support the mods ... but as always the profit is in front and they want to have their entire cake. I don't understand why they bother, as it's an unofficial site, but yeah ...
I agree.

I was laughing of their stupidity. I feel sorry for the mods on wtaworld.
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please go back to post 3...I posted part two!
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They are just jealous!


So vbookie is gone forever .... could we please have 140x140 avatars back as a consolation!
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I am not sure I got it correctly, but if the domain will no longer include the "WTA" in it, then why not restore the v-bookie again?
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Unfortunately, today we have to announce that we will no longer be able to
call our site "WTAworld.com" and it will now be called "TennisForum.com

Over the past few months, we have been in a legal battle with the WTA
originating from a legal letter sent to us by the WTA and their lawfirm
Kilpatrick Stockton. After using the WTAworld name for the past 6 years, the
WTA decided to get their lawyers after us. Why? Well who knows why, but
maybe because our site has become so popular that it threatens their
"official" site. According to Alexa, our site is ranked 7,569 in the World,
while their official site is at 5,757. Pretty close considering the
marketing clout and sponsors they have compared to our forum. I guess now we
are "competition" in their minds, and as such have to deal with their team
of lawyers and attorneys.

Initially, the WTA demanded we turn over the domain name WTAworld.com but
thanks to our efforts we were able to reach a settlement agreement. While we
had to make a difficult decision to discontinue using the name, its good to
know that we didn't lose everything.

We have attached copies of the WTA demand letter and lawsuit threats for
everyone's viewing.

Effective immediately, we have had to re-name the site "TennisForum.com" (it
was another domain we had available). PLEASE UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS as in
1-year's time, we will have to hand-over the domain name "WTAworld.com" to
the WTA and their ownership. In three years time, they will have full
control to do whatever they want with the domain, so we need to make sure we
don't lose any members due to the confusion.

Unfortunately, we have also had to make 2 other concessions in the
settlement agreement:
1) we are no longer allowed to have vBookie, or any sort of simulated
wagering or gambling on the website
2) we had to remove a specific thread that the WTA didn't like being posted
up.

Thankfully, we are now "settled" with the WTA, and TennisForum.com will live
and continue to grow and prosper! Thank you for your years of support of
WTAworld.com, and we look forward to seeing you on TennisForum.com

If you feel the need to contact the WTA Tour their contact information is
below:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3...atour/contact/

Corporate Headquarters
One Progress Plaza
Suite 1500
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
USA
Phone: +1.727.895.5000
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I am not sure I got it correctly, but if the domain will no longer include the "WTA" in it, then why not restore the v-bookie again?
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Unfortunately, we have also had to make 2 other concessions in the
settlement agreement:
1) we are no longer allowed to have vBookie, or any sort of simulated
wagering or gambling on the website

I assume they dont want a forum with such a large following of Women's Tennis fans associated with virtual gambling.
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Didn't they have the same problem on menstennisforum? I think they were ATPsomething.com and had to change their name too, but why are they still allowed to vBet?
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What is the thread?
the forum name is changing and it also gives explanation as to why we no longer have vBookie.
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Didn't they have the same problem on menstennisforum? I think they were ATPsomething.com and had to change their name too, but why are they still allowed to vBet?
Different organization. Had different reasons.
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