Facebook disputes 21 squatter domain names

Facebook disputes 21 squatter domain names

Summary: Facebook is currently disputing 21 domain names from a known domain squatter, 14 of which start with the word Facebook.

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Facebook is taking on 21 domain names currently held by Domain Asset Holdings, a known domain squatter based in Potomac, Maryland. The full list of domains is available on Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) Search website (UDRPSearch) under case number D2011-0516.

Here are all 21 of them, 14 of which start with the word Facebook: aboutfacebook.com, facebookbabes.com, facebookcheats.com, facebookclub.com, facebookdevelopment.com, facebookfest.com, facebookintegration.com, facebookjournal.com, facebookking.com, facebookland.com, facebooksafety.com, facebookstudio.com, facebookstuff.com, freefacebookapps.com, friendsonfacebook.com, fundraisingwithfacebook.com, joinusonfacebook.com, killfacebook.com, moneyfromfacebook.com, moneywithfacebook.com, and newfacebookapplication.com.

All the domains are listed for sale on DomainMarket, although none seem to list their current prices. If Facebook were to simply purchase all 21, it would probably not put any content on any of them and simply have them redirect to facebook.com.

In the past, Facebook has sent cease-and-desist letters to various websites that either start with the word "face" or end with "book" – but it has also avoided many legitimate sites that fit these criteria, or even use the whole word "Facebook." For example, Facebook has yet to complain about allfacebook.com or insidefacebook.com, both of which are blogs that cover the social network.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Browser

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • Facebook is not trying to buy the domains

    If they were trying to buy them they would not file a dispute through the dispute resolution process for the domains.
    fmichlick
    • RE: Facebook wants to buy 21 squatter domain names

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  • Fix fourth paragraph: not

    Facebook considers AllFacebook and InsideFacebook to be helpful to the company's brand. Both blogs have been around since Facebook opened the site up to people outside of colleges. If the social network had a negative opinion them, they would have had to cease and desist a long time ago. <br><br>Notice also how Facebook also doesn't sue every single company using "Face" or "book" in its name. Facebook hasn't sent a single cease-and-desist to Catbook nor Failbook (both of which have also been around a long time) but has sued the likes of Lamebook and Faceporn.<br><br><a href="http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-moves-to-claim-21-squatted-domains-2011-03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-moves-to-claim-21-squatted-domains-2011-03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-moves-to-claim-21-squatted-domains-2011-03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-moves-to-claim-21-squatted-domains-2011-03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-moves-to-claim-21-squatted-domains-2011-03" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-moves-to-claim-21-squatted-domains-2011-03</a></a></a></a></a>
    Jackie_Cohen
  • RE: Facebook wants to buy 21 squatter domain names

    Oh my god,

    How many friggin' bots are going to repsond to this article? ZDNet needs to find a better way to handle replies as reading 8 bot replies while trying to find real user input is annoying at best.
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  • RE: Facebook wants to buy 21 squatter domain names

    It's like a huge (money-loving) black bear worried about a few ants crawling around on the ground.
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