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I got this email Notice of Facebook Trademark Infringement is it real ?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ch8878, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. ch8878

    ch8878 Elite Member

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    from : enforcement@facebook dot com

    We are writing concerning your registration and use of the domain name forfacebookmarketing, which contains the famous Facebook trademark.

    As you undoubtedly know, Facebook is the leading online social network service. Facebook adopted the name and trademark Facebook in February 2004 and, since that time, Facebook has actively used the Facebook name and trademark in connection with its online social network service, including maintaining the web site Facebook dot com. The term Facebook is one of the most famous trademarks on the Internet. Facebook owns exclusive trademark rights to the Facebook name in the United States and internationally, including related common law rights. Accordingly, Facebook enjoys broad trademark rights in its name.

    Facebook has made a substantial investment in developing and providing its services. As a result of Facebook?s pioneering efforts and devoting substantial effort and resources to providing only high quality services, the Facebook name and trademarks are widely known among the consuming public worldwide, and the name and trademarks embody substantial and valuable goodwill.

    Accordingly, we were concerned when we learned of your registration and use of forfacebookmarketing. As we hope you can appreciate, protection of its trademarks is very important to Facebook. Your registration and use of forfacebookmarketing.info violates the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq.) because it infringes and dilutes the famous Facebook trademark.

    Infringement occurs when a third party?s use of a company?s trademark (or a confusingly similar variation thereof) is likely to confuse consumers as to the affiliation, sponsorship or endorsement of the third party?s services. Trademark dilution occurs when a third party?s use of a variation of a company?s trademark is likely to lessen the distinctiveness of the company?s famous trademark.

    We have filed several proceedings before the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization's arbitration panel. Facebook has prevailed in each case and the domain names at issue were all ordered to be transferred to Facebook. Facebook is concerned that your unauthorized use of the Facebook name may cause confusion as to whether you or your company?s activities are authorized, endorsed or sponsored by Facebook when, in fact, they are not.

    We understand that you may have registered forfacebookmarketing.info without full knowledge of the law in this area. However, Facebook is concerned about your use of the Facebook trademark in your domain name. As you may know, 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 Facebook respects your right of expression and your desire to conduct business on the Internet, Facebook must enforce its own rights in order to protect its valuable and famous trademark. For these reasons, and to avoid consumer confusion, Facebook must insist that you immediately stop using forfacebookmarketing and disable any site available at that address. You should not sell, offer to sell, or transfer the domain name to a third party and should let the domain registration expire.

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

    Sincerely,

    Ethel

    Legal Dept.
    Facebook, Inc.
     
  2. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    Looks real to me.. Got a similar one from Zynga, had to shut down my website :( was making decent money, too.
     
  3. ExtraWinner

    ExtraWinner BANNED BANNED

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    Its hard to say really, but if I dont see date and address in signature I feel its a joke.

    Ignore it and check back if they will send more :p

    If you are not from US just block their IP :p

    If you are really up to this just try to retrieve their ip from e-mail and check where this was from.
     
  4. ch8878

    ch8878 Elite Member

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    So do you think its someone I am out ranking ?
     
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    ExtraWinner BANNED BANNED

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    It could be ... Let others say more about it, but for me its just a joke...

    Wait few hours, for sure somebody get letter from Facebook before so he can confirm :)
     
  6. MiLiTARYiV

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    Now look.

    Its not illegal or infringing for you to buy a domain name with the name facebook apart of it.

    But when you give off on your website like your apart of facebook is the problem,=

    I can buy facebookrus.com all day long and not infringe but when I potray myself as affiliated with facebook is the problem....

    So remember that. Put a disclaimer on your website and say you are in no way facebook or affiliated with facebook, then your in the cleaR

    LASTLY, I KEEP TELLING YOU ALL TO REGISTER THEM INFRINGING DOMAINS OFFSHORE AND YOU WONT HAVE THIS PROBLEM...JUST SAY U SOLD IT IT AND MOVE IT OFFSHORE AND CONTINUE ON TO MAKING MONEY OFF IT. SIMPLE AS THAT
     
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  7. markm32172

    markm32172 BANNED BANNED

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    I got a similar post long back too... Could very well be real.
     
  8. texstorm2442

    texstorm2442 Newbie

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    Could be real but I doubt it, because honestly if I were to threaten someone it would be in a letter, emails are just to easy to fake. Check headers and see where the IP came from.
     
  9. Cnotey

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    I would not screw with Facebook. You do realize they went to court to try and copyright the name face right? As well as book. Anyone with the cahones to try and copyright words that have been in the english dictionary for 500 years, is not someone I would ever test.
     
  10. theguy2

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    if its from "@facebook dot com" then it gotta be real
     
  11. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    You have never heard of spoofing have you?