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Email from IG legal department

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by Shibbi90, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Shibbi90

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    To Whom It May Concern,

    We are writing concerning your registration and use of the domain name XXXXXXXX.club, which contains the Instagram trademark.

    You are undoubtedly familiar with Instagram and its worldwide renown in providing photo sharing and editing services and related products and services through a number of channels, including through its mobile application software and its website available at Instagram.com.

    Instagram owns exclusive rights to the INSTAGRAM trademark, including rights secured through common law use and registration in the United States (Reg. Nos. 4,170,675 and 4,146,057) and internationally. Instagram is a global leader in photography software for mobile devices, with over 30 million registered users. These users have uploaded more than 1 billion photos for editing and sharing with others either directly or through their social media networks. Due to Instagram’s exponential growth and immense popularity, the Instagram brand, is frequently, if not daily, referenced in the media and pop culture. Its fame entitles it to broad legal protection.

    We have recently discovered that you registered the domain name XXXXXXX.club, which incorporates the famous INSTAGRAM mark. Instagram has an obligation to its users and the public to police against the registration and use of domain names that may cause consumer confusion as to affiliation with or sponsorship by Instagram, dilute the distinctiveness of its INSTAGRAM mark, or otherwise tarnish the mark. Accordingly, in addition to civil actions, Instagram and its parent Facebook have filed numerous proceedings pursuant to ICANN’S Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (http://www.icann.org/en/help/dndr/udrp) to secure the transfer of infringing domain names. Moreover, the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act provides for serious penalties (up to $100,000 per domain name) against persons who, without authorization, use, sell, or offer for sale a domain name that infringes another’s trademark.

    While Instagram respects your right of expression and your desire to conduct business on the Internet, Instagram must take action to stop the misuse of its intellectual property. As you can imagine, various third parties around the world have attempted to wrongfully capitalize on Instagram’s reputation by registering domain names that include or are derived from the INSTAGRAM brand. Such names are confusingly similar to, dilutive of, and can tarnish the INSTAGRAM mark.

    We understand that you may have registered XXXXXXXX.club without full knowledge of the law in this area. However, Instagram is concerned about your use of the Instagram trademark in your domain name. Accordingly, we must insist that you immediately cease using XXXXXXXX.club and disable any site available at that address. You should not sell, offer to sell, or transfer the domain name to any third party.

    Please confirm in writing that you will agree to resolve this matter as requested. If we do not receive confirmation that you will comply with our request, we will have no other choice but to pursue all available remedies against you.

    Sincerely,

    Edith
    Legal Dept.
    Instagram, Inc.
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    Do I apply?
     
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  2. mrtruehybrid

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    Block out your domain in the 3rd paragraph u forgot it, and the 5th
     
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  3. neilbhabuta

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    Lol, never seen that before... you sure it's actually them? Confirm it is first and then just turn it over. You don't want to get caught up in a legal battle with a company that big.
     
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    Don't know if you should answer or ignore, someone could help you more. But I'm sure you should transfer you site under an another domain name right now. Don't fuck with facebook lawer army, you will lose for sure..
     
  5. Shibbi90

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    Thanks, done!

    I'm pretty sure, its from [email protected]
     
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    And it would probably not come from Instagram but their attorneys.

    You'll probably lose the domain at some point but I also have a n issue with it being that entity that emailed you.
     
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  8. mrtruehybrid

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    I had an e-mail from mm-facebook.com before and it was legit. I can assure you it is real.
     
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    Sorry to say OP but is is real.

    MM = markmonitor, FB/IG let this company handle brand protection.

    WHOIS:
     
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    Did a google search and found out the same... So annoying because the domain just redirects to another website without instagram in the domain name.
    Guess i just take down the redirect.

    Thanks for the help everyone! No more instagram in my domain names from now, 2/4 domains with instagram in it got that email today.
     
  11. Floopa75

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    Challenge Mark Zuckerberg to a fist fight. He's 5'8.
     
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  12. JohnyTr

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    Use a cloaker to redirect legal.instagram.com to lemonparty.org and everyone else to your OGads content locker
     
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    Poke the bear, get a real cease and desist. Then get it and cease and desist lol. No contact number, no last name, very sketch.
     
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    Yep got one from them back in 2015 or 2014 not sure when was it, decided not to play dumb and canceled it.
    Edit: it was instagramxxx.org
     
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    Are you sure?

    They say only 30m users but there are way, way, more.

    Fuck them anyway. Don't give in just because they are a big company. Stand up to them
     
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    The bigger they are, the harder they fall!

    I think you should threaten to sue Instagram back!
     
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    Hi
    I don't hunderstand apply for what?
     
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    I have 50+ domains with "insta" and "gram" and counting. OFC i would tell IG to fuck of if they try to make me close those sites. But with these two domains i used xxxxinstagram and instagramxxxx.

    Apply/obey

    Not worth it for 2 domains.