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Facebook in Domain Name - Is it legal?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Adewale, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Adewale

    Adewale Registered Member

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    Is it legal to register a domain name that has the word ''facebook'' in it?

    example: myfacebook.com, xxxxfacebook.com
     
  2. thevil

    thevil Junior Member

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    Depends on what country you're from.

    Considering facebook is a trademarked name in the US and that if your registrar is located in the US, it would indeed violate trademark. FB does pursue their intellectual property.

    But even if the registrar was outside of the US, ICANN will hand over the domain name in a dispute to FB if it ever came down to it. That is, if you're under their radar (more traffic = more noticeability).

    Otherwords, yes you can register it and drive traffic, but if you do and get noticed by FB, they will try to defend their trademark and will most likely send you cease and desist letter to try to get the domain. In the end you will lose the domain (unless you qualify for 'fair use'). So if you want a quick buck, go ahead but if you want to not lose the domain, rethink your domain name.
     
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  3. Venture

    Venture Regular Member

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    ^ what he said
     
  4. documentarytt

    documentarytt Newbie

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    I second thevil's post. Go, get a domain registered anonymously if you think it's worth a shot.
     
  5. Cnotey

    Cnotey Power Member

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    Dude, there has been at least 10 threads on this in the last 2 months. Please learn to use the search function.
     
  6. Adewale

    Adewale Registered Member

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    Thanks all. Case closed