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wow is this true? wtf!!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ~@-kanye-west-@~, Sep 1, 2009.

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  1. ~@-kanye-west-@~

    ~@-kanye-west-@~ Power Member

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    I just recieve this email... wtf is this even true? or competitor?

    ive seen alot of site name that have facebook on their domain. anyway this is the email..



    From: "emailservice@domainsbyproxy.com" emailservice@domainsbyproxy.com
    To: ME

    We are writing concerning your registration and use of the domain name facebookhotgirls, 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 www.Facebook.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 facebookhotgirls.info. As we hope you can appreciate, protection of its trademarks is very important to Facebook. Your registration and use of facebookhotgirls.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 facebookhotgirls.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 facebookhotgirls.info 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. Jared255

    Jared255 Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Did you get the whois guard from DomainsByProxy?
     
  3. firstrate

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    I call bullshit.
     
  4. trushafty38

    trushafty38 Regular Member

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    oh thats real.
     
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    I call BS.

    Facebook legal department uses the email legal@facebook.com, address is Legal
    Department, 156 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

    If it was legit it would use this email, it would use this address, and it would be sent by tracked post to prove that you were notified.

    It is most likely someone trying to rip off this post here:
    If you want to make sure, email back requesting that they provide a written request to you.
     
  6. khan0

    khan0 Registered Member

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    Post the email headers here
     
  7. hwolfpack6

    hwolfpack6 BANNED BANNED

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    Gman2160 Junior Member

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    LOL....this particular email may be BS, but it might be wise not to call it so quickly:

    http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2009/dir2009-0001.html

    Facebook and many more of the big boys with VERY deep pockets are aggressively protecting their trademarks. This may be fake....but unlike a lot of these "threats" there is an actual history here.

    Check the headers and see where it came from before you call BS.
     
  9. trushafty38

    trushafty38 Regular Member

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    if you have a private registration they send emails through the company who you have blocked registration through. They contact them and then the company forwards you the email.
     
  10. betster77

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    "Please confirm in writing that you will agree to resolve this matter as requested."

    Thanks Ethel, but you know.. it would help if you included.. o I don't know... a fucking address?
     
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  11. ~@-kanye-west-@~

    ~@-kanye-west-@~ Power Member

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    i just called my hosting and its fucking true..

    email is from

    enforcement@facebook.com


    wow.. ridicolous out of all people why me.. and website will be shutdown..

    this will loose some profits.. arghh
     
  12. blackma

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    someone is trying to tickle your balls. ignore it. move on.
     
  13. Jared255

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    False. Read his post that he just posted.

    Kanye, blows. Keep your head up :)
     
  14. forgetyou

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    i actually own a facebook domain as well and last week I got a similar letter from facebook themselves but I don't give a shit about them coz it's registered under a bogus name anyways.
    HOWEVER, some browsers when going to this domain will show a message: warning this is a phishing site etc...
    Apparently facebook complains or something so my site is fucking useless. LOL
     
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  15. jetsons

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    Did you have a website there now there is a OPPS Page Not Found.

    Sorry to hear about that.
     
  16. hwolfpack6

    hwolfpack6 BANNED BANNED

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    You won't lose any "profits"...the site doesn't even have any pages....you bought it 4 weeks ago.
     
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    CyrusVirus BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    there has recently been someone on this Forum that has gotten an email similar, but it was a Real email, use the search feature and you will find his post, FaceBook Emailed him saying he has to drop the domain or remove the logo.

    hopefully that was helpful
     
  18. khan0

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    If your hosting is getting busted, don't worry. Get offshore hosting and seriously block all bots. I am 100% sure that they don't manually Google for domains with "facebook" in them.. it must be an automated bot that runs daily and fetches them lists of domains with their copyright keyword in there.
     
  19. TheHockeyGod

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    Part of trademark law says that if you don't "use it", you "lose it."

    Thus, they have to actively enforce it wherever they are made aware of infringement, otherwise a future judge can say "well, you didn't defend the trademark in this other case, so I'm ruling you can't defend it here"

    ANY instance of trademark infringement that they know of, they have to send you that letter, and take you to court or they risk losing their trademark.

    They DO HAVE a case against you. It's clear you're using their trademark to profit, and not for parody, educational, or news purposes.

    my suggestion is to give them the name, move the site to another URL that doesn't include facebook, and say sorry.
     
  20. hispy

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    Do not ignore this. I had a similar domain with facebook included in the name. My fisrt reaction was to tell them to fuck off. (I did, shit was I wrong) Unless you have deep pockets to fight facebook, just give up the domain. You will soon receive a legal notice from their lawyers. They sent the the legal notice to me via registered mail. Just saying, not worth the aggravation for a cheap ass domain.
     
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