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    UnblockFacebook.com - Facebook is Telling me to take it down

    Hello guys,

    I am a little confused here. The domain unblockfacebook.com has been around for years along with hundreds of other domains that containt the word facebook.

    And today I got an email in regards to removing the site because of their trademark.

    I do not understand, why is the other facebook, myspace, youtube, bebo, twitter proxy sites still running?


    Do not tell me they havent caught them yet!!!

    Thanks IN advance and what do you think I should do or what is the process?

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    They're shutting down every site they can mate, they won't their site to be abused by a proxy and they don't want their trademarked name to be used. Are you sure the email is official, it might be a person that wants to take your domain from you so he could use it. It's a typical case for a domain scammer...

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    I think it is real. The email is real and the auto reply email was real so, I have a good feeling this is real.

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    If its real, the email sig will have a contact number and address..most big companies will have such sig while sending out mails...

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    Have they actually sent any type of documentation though? Like a cease and desist order? I think getting one of those just means your growing in the webmaster world - but I would follow it is you did get one.
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    It has always been a bad idea to register a domain name that contains a trademarked company name. There is always a risk that you will be forced to either take the site down or transfer the domain to them.
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    IF it's officially from Facebook, you should do what they ask, unless you want to go to court.

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    I got one too. Like last month from markmonitor saying to take down my domain that has 'facebook' in it. I have not taken it down.
    And haven't heard back from them yet.. Although I'm firmly sure I'm not breaking any laws. My site does not resemble facebook in any way. (The site is bright RED. Not even blue! ) and does not contain any service they offer. There is no way anyone could mistake it for being facebook. "Facebook" is just a quittance and its only resemblance. I never even heard of Facebook before I regiestered it. I swear. What is facebook?
    Last edited by Keldorn; 5 September, 2009 at 18:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keldorn View Post
    I got one too. Like last month from markmonitor saying to take down my domain that has 'facebook' in it. I have not taken it down.
    And haven't heard back from them yet.. Although I'm firmly sure I'm not breaking any laws. My site does not resemble facebook in any way. (The site is bright RED. Not even blue! ) and does not contain any service they offer. There is no way anyone could mistake it for being facebook. "Facebook" is just a quittance and its only resemblance. I never even heard of Facebook before I regiestered it. I swear. What is facebook?
    You are a bit naive. It is not a matter of your site being mistaken for FaceBook. If you are using a trademarked name in your domain name, you are in violation of the trademark law. You will lose if they take you to court. A trademake has nothing to do with the way a site looks. A trademark refers to the use of a trademarked name or logo.

    Trade mark = business name.

    It may be a matter of which country you are in and how strong the trademark laws are in your country. As Shenron mentioned, make sure it is FaceBook and not someone trying to get you to give them the domain.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    You are a bit naive. It is not a matter of your site being mistaken for FaceBook. If you are using a trademarked name in your domain name, you are in violation of the trademark law. You will lose if they take you to court. A trademake has nothing to do with the way a site looks. A trademark refers to the use of a trademarked name or logo.

    Trade mark = business name.

    It may be a matter of which country you are in and how strong the trademark laws are in your country. As Shenron mentioned, make sure it is FaceBook and not someone trying to get you to give them the domain.

    A trademark is not a business name, its a mark either being a word or image that describes a service that registered by a registered business entity.

    Looking at Trademark of 'FACEBOOK'. How could they construe your violating their trademark with a proxy?
    Here is their Deffination of what their service mark means from the trademark database (Uspto.gov)

    Word Mark: FACEBOOK
    Goods and Services : IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Providing an online directory information service featuring information regarding, and in the nature of, collegiate life, general interest, classifieds, virtual community, social networking, photo sharing, and transmission of photographic images; advertising and information distribution services, namely, providing classified advertising space via the global computer network; promoting the goods and services of others over the Internet; providing on-line computer databases and on-line searchable databases in the field of classifieds

    IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for registered users for transmission of messages concerning collegiate life, general interest, classifieds, virtual community, social networking, photo sharing, and transmission of photographic images; providing on-line computer databases and on-line searchable databases in the field of transmission of photographic images and provision of on-line forums for communications on topics of general interest

    IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Providing on-line computer databases and on-line searchable databases in the field of collegiate life, photosharing and video sharing

    IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Computer services, namely, hosting online web facilities for others for organizing and conducting online meetings, gatherings, and interactive discussions; and computer services in the nature of customized web pages featuring user-defined information, personal profiles and information; providing on-line computer databases and on-line searchable databases in the field of virtual community

    IC 045. US 100 101. G & S: Internet based introduction and social networking services; providing on-line computer databases and on-line searchable databases in the field of social networking
    Unless somehow you could construe that the domain is providing any of the above services mentioned in Goods and services of the Service Mark. I dont think there is really much they can do. I'm not a lawyer but this is how I understand it. Now if you registered "facebook123.com" and upload Boonex Dolphin on it, then you could 100% certain that you would be violating the service mark 'FACEBOOK' as you would providing many of those services as its described.
    Regards,
    Keldorn.
    Last edited by Keldorn; 15 September, 2009 at 01:17 AM.
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