TUESDAY, 31 AUGUST 2010
Facebook.me transferred to rightful owner
A WIPO mediator ordered last month that the domain name Facebook.me, obtained during Montenegro’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD) .me auction period in 2008, be transferred from the United Arab Emirates resident Amjad Abbas to Facebook, Inc. This order followed a successful complaint filed in May 2010. Facebook Inc argued that it owned numerous Facebook trade marks around the world and that its online social networking services were internationally renowned. The disputed domain name was one of a number of domain names offered for sale at a minimum price of US$ 2,000 (EUR 1,575) on Abbas's website at www.batfind.com. According to Abbas, he bought and registered Facebook.me for around US$ 5,115 (EUR 4,029); he also claimed to hold Oracle.me, Trump.me and other domains, saying he collected domain names as a hobby and as a means of impressing his friends, with possible future plans of creating non-profit personal blogs.
The WIPO mediator dismissed both these and a number of other explanations for registering the domain name, saying that were not persuasive and concluding that it was registered and used in bad faith.
Source: Petosevic newsletter here
Posted by: Jeremy Phillips @ 05.49
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