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No brainer really.

Folks, this is an exception to the commonly-held belief that any domain name.

That's registered before a trademark has been established is safe. Read this.

Decision carefully and learn from it.

While some of you no doubt don't agree with it, it's not gonna shield you from.

Something like this happening to you if similar circumstances occur...

Comments (12)

Well, my 2 cents are......don't park it,devel is the key....or do some content on it, not related to the original.......even when the original facebook came later....IMO, nothing wrong with that decision..and I agree the guy(s) who registered face-book.com had maybe some "insides" or similar....but, hey what do I know about legal crapp???.

Btw....it is still parked????...wonder wonder wonder.....

Cheers,.

Frank..

Comment #1

Note the key phrase in the decision text posted above ... "The respondent didnt reply.".

Many adverse UDRP decisions are mostly the result of the respondent simply not responding adequately, if at all, to the complaint.

Ron..

Comment #2

Well, facebook.com was registered in 1997 but the current service only went online in February 2004. The domain in question was registered eight months later (October 2004), so one could assume "bad faith", however it would be interested whether the service was already popular enough in these eight months to justify a "free ride".

But I'd assume Domagon's suggestion that the non-response played a big part in the decision is most probably right...

Comment #3

I wonder how much the guy earned in his 3 years of ownership?.

Anyone want to guess...I think $x,xxx...

Comment #4

'facebook' is a generic word that has been around long before the Facebook site, so I think a good, experienced response could have won this dispute. There are all sorts of domains with 'facebook' in them, some are actual social sites too. If you sell bananas at banana.com, can you go after the guy selling bananas at bananas.com?..

Comment #5

Correct, but obviously owned/used by/for someone/something else for seven years...

Comment #6

For the following? WayBack says face-book changed contents in 2006 to what it is today...

Comment #7

Windows, Champion, Cheer, Apple, Apple (yes twice), Delta... you think these are generic too? Maybe some TM reading will help...

Comment #8

True, but they are all used in an abstract sense while facebook.com uses a name which actually describes itself (it would be similar to someone using operatingsystem.com for an operating system)...

Comment #9

As "an online directory information service featuring information regarding, and.

In the nature of, collegiate life, classifieds, virtual community and social.

Networking", which happens to be described as such in their TM registration?..

Comment #10

I'm still not a fan of the decision - it's hard to set this one in good context with decisions like this one showing that "facebook" is easily protected by other non-tm holders (Unless you think that "SU" is sufficient as a source identifier.)..

That being said, meh - I can't get worked up about this one for some reason.

-Allan..

Comment #11

Umm, I believe this dispute was justified, and I agree partially with the result...

Comment #12


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

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