In 1955, Rosa Parks fought for her space on a bus. This time, she was battling for her spot on the Internet.
Rosa Parks, 87, won domain name rights to www.rosaparks.com a site created by a man who planned to auction it off, according to Parks' Chicago lawyer, Oscar Alcantara.
Alcantara said that he sent a cease and desist letter to Lester Shaw of Tulsa, Okla., after which Shaw agreed to give up the domain name.
Alcantara said Tuesday that Shaw violated a new federal law banning "cybersquatting," the pre-empting of Internet domain names with the aim of selling those names to companies or people with trademark associations to them.
"Prominent people like Rosa Parks are most likely to fall into this kind of abuse," Alcantara said.
Parks' refusal to yield her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus was a turning point in the civil rights movement.