Monday, March 22, 2010

Facebook, Twitter go after domain names containing their "character strings"


Jesse Stay has a story on the site “Stay ‘N’ Alive” (remember how John Travolta looked in that 1983 movie?) about Facebook’s recent campaign against some (but maybe not all) domain names that incorporate the character string “Facebook” in the name. Mari Smith’s “Whyfacebook.com” was surrendered and now that domain (if you try it) takes you to facebook. Jesse writes that protection of trademarks is a “common and perhaps necessary” practice. The story is here.

Twitter has gone after names including Tweet and Twit. It makes it hard to check online at USPTO with the beginning of a character string.

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