Facebook files for arbitration to get Facebook.me domain name.
Facebook has filed a complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization to get the domain name Facebook.me. The domain name is currently registered to a United Arab Emirates man.
.Me is technically the country code domain name for Montenegro, but has been commercialized to be a personalized “me” domain name.
This isn’t the first country code domain name the social networking behemoth has gone after. It has previously won complaints for Facebook.ir, .nl, .es, .com.au, and .ie.
Granted, Facebook doesn’t have rights to every domain that includes the term “face book”, since face books have been around for many years. In fact, Syracuse University won rights to the domain name SUfacebook.com back in 2004. But in this case the domain owner is forwarding the domain to Facebook.com, so it’s pretty clear he registered it with the social networking site in mind.
A number of other big brands have used domain name arbitration to get their .me domain names, including American Express, MapQuest, Overstock, Mozilla, and Porsche.
John Berryhill says
Somehow the term “fights” is too dramatic for these kinds of simple cases.
Andrew Allemann says
@ John Berryhill –
Can you think of another word to follow Facebook to get the same alliteration? Oh wait, never mind.
I think domain .me is quite popular nowadays.I think I’ll try to get it too then. 🙂
james barclay says
They aren’t too good in going after their own typos though..
I owned one for four years and it shot up from 4000 a week to 21,000 uniques a week.
Never heard a boo from them even. Sold the name, made nice profit. Thankyou Facebook
I hate facebook. They are starting to shit where they eat.
All of this privacy related news is because of their ad targeting system. They are delivering targeted ads that violate your personal privacy.
Soon people will realize domain names are the most secure identity online. Not a facebook account!
Credit Unions says
They will probably get it. Facebook has lawyers on lock!
Ink Cartridges says
who are this lawyers? talking talking talking all for the money