Can i use "face-book" in a domain name?

by spen
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Hi,guys
Can i use "face- book" in a domain name?
thanks
#domain #facebook #trademark
  • Profile picture of the author davezan
    Yes.

    But...

    ...it might be taken from you. Not unless you don't make money off of it or ride on Facebook's
    traffic.

    Similar thread:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...main-name.html
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    I think you could, but that's a really tricky one.

    Best regards
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  • Profile picture of the author spen
    face-book=facebook?
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Spen,

    It's not worth the effort you will put into it. The chances are that eventually it will be taken away from you.

    Just my humble opinion.
    Di
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    • Profile picture of the author JR Consulting
      You can do it, but be prepared to face the legal repercussions of it. The little hypen in between face and book is cute, but it won't save your ass in court.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMBotz
      Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

      Spen,

      It's not worth the effort you will put into it. The chances are that eventually it will be taken away from you.

      Just my humble opinion.
      Di
      I agree with DianaHeuser. Why waste valuable time on something you might lose and potentially get you in legal trouble?
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  • Profile picture of the author spen
    Such as canonboxup is not enable also?
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    • Profile picture of the author JR Consulting
      Originally Posted by spen View Post

      Such as canonboxup is not enable also?
      Here's a tip: Don't use trademarked brand or product names in your domain names. It'll save you a lot of trouble.
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      • Profile picture of the author NETDAWG
        Originally Posted by Jeffrey Reidy View Post

        Here's a tip: Don't use trademarked brand or product names in your domain names. It'll save you a lot of trouble.
        nuff said... i wouldn't dance on that line.
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  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    how about faceNOTEbook?
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  • Profile picture of the author jeresteem99
    Originally Posted by spen View Post

    Hi,guys
    Can i use "face- book" in a domain name?
    thanks
    You can use this.

    face-book.cc
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by jeresteem99 View Post

      You can use this.

      face-book.cc
      Then what, especially if/when people will confuse that with the social network
      service still?
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        • Profile picture of the author davezan
          Originally Posted by clove View Post

          So, does this mean I am in trouble with my site freefromfacebook.com???? Then why can there be sites like XXXXXsucks??
          If you're especially intending to make money off of Facebook's trademark without
          their permission, yes. Exceptionally, sucks or parody sites aim to criticize or poke
          fun of their trademark namesakes without commercially exploiting them.

          Like I asked the OP, why else did you register that domain anyway? While you do
          not have to so-called justify yourself to anyone here, you might be called upon to
          do that to Facebook if ever they find your registration.
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              • Profile picture of the author davezan
                Originally Posted by clove View Post

                Wait wait wait...

                This site: Block Facebook is similar to mine. It is making money, too. What gives? Does this mean my site is okay?
                I realize you're trying to reassure yourself it's okay. Unfortunately it's not, and it
                is probably a matter of time before Facebook discovers that site and gets it shut
                down. (unless they maybe got Facebook's permission and in writing...)

                Not every driver who goes beyond the speed limit get caught. But those that do
                get caught, well...you know.

                And definitely change your domain name. If Facebook ever finds that, you might
                not like what they might do.

                But look on the bright side: you now have a chance to do something before that
                might get...ugly. Good luck there.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSEO
    Originally Posted by spen View Post

    Hi,guys
    Can i use "face- book" in a domain name?
    thanks
    There was at least one precedent with some dating site which used "facebook" it its domain name. They lost the legal suit to facebook.com.

    So my answer is: NO, you can't.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    Have you've noticed any pages with facebook in domain names? I haven't and that is a bad sign.

    inurl:facebook
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
    Using a trademark in domain name is never going to be ok. Eventually they'll want it back or worse still they'll sue you for cyber squatting and that could be high 5 figures or 6 figures. Can you afford the legal costs to fight such a case??
    The only way to be sure you are on the right side of the law is to engage a trademark lawyer (not a cheap option) or avoid known trademarks.

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  • Profile picture of the author DallasK
    A lot of marketers use Facebook in their course name,
    like Brittany Lynch does with her Facebook Lookin course
    or webinars.

    But when it comes to domains, most marketers realize
    they don't need the hassle that will come around sooner
    or later and end up going with FB. There's plenty of
    domains, courses and classes out there with FB in them
    so you're probably a lot safer among those masses.

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  • Profile picture of the author WakondaMarketing
    Yes, you can. But gear yourself for any legal actions that Facebook will take. Just don't do it to avoid headache.
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  • Profile picture of the author salaka
    hi

    yes you can i think becuase face is a one word - book one word two word separted by -

    why cant you use it?????
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by salaka View Post

      yes you can i think becuase face is a one word - book one word two word separted by -

      why cant you use it?????
      And even though face and book are separated by a dash, what do you suppose
      other people will think when they nonetheless see them all together in a domain?
      If you want, ask 10 friends you know what is the first thing they'll think of upon
      seeing that.

      Come to think of it, anyone can actually use that...as long as they're not making
      money off of Facebook's mark or riding on their traffic...and if they can afford to
      defend against them if ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author MattVit
    So many posts when the simple answer is NO.
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by MattVit View Post

      So many posts when the simple answer is NO.
      Heh, indeed. It usually helps to understand by explaining why, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    FB was suing 'book' sites that are also social sites with a purpose similar to Facebook.

    FB was not the 1st website to use 'book', nor will it be the last, nor does it have a monopoly on any domain with that word.

    Trademark issues can be complex and you need to understand the motivation behind FB's claim.

    If it was just a lawsuit because a domain had 'book' in it, then as soon as Facebook made it's legal argument it would be subject to a lawsuit by someone else with an even older 'book' domain requesting that facebook.com be forfeited to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author LOM
    I think that they would take it from you personally. better off coming up with something different..
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  • Profile picture of the author sunnyinoz
    I recently ran into the same issue. I am new to internet marketing and purchased a domain with a trademark in it. It wasn't until I did all the work on the site that I realised it was a trademarked name. No one has chased me or asked me to take it down or anything, but I purchased a different 'non trademarked' site - moved all the content onto that and now use the trademarked one to push traffic to the non trademarked one
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  • Profile picture of the author becanada
    how about registering the MISSPELLINGS of "facebook" ? --- 800 million users... times X number of typos... hmmm.
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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    No....i believe you will face some legal issues.
    If Facebook sue you , you not only get into troubles. Your domain need to give to Facebook owner and you need to compensate for everything .
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  • Profile picture of the author abdin66
    No, don't do it!

    I speak from experience and tell you that it will be taken off you at some stage. I set up a voucher site using a world famous lingerie brand name and am, AS WE SPEAK, bent over and being *******!

    I set this up because I didn't know any better at the time... These days, I stay away from any domain name that could cause issues in the future.

    IMO, it's not worth the hassle, or the aggravation and if your site begins to make money, you'll lose that revenue source too. Best to focus elsewhere for the serious long term.

    Good hunting...
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      Originally Posted by Alec Smith View Post

      Hi,guys
      I m Alec Smith
      I wanna know that Can i use "face- book" in a domain name?
      Thank You...
      Read the thread. How many ways can we say NO? :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author Norman Smith
      Originally Posted by Alec Smith View Post

      Hi,guys
      I m Alec Smith
      I wanna know that Can i use "face- book" in a domain name?
      Thank You...

      Read the bloody thread NO NO NO
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    Why not try "Off Your Face"
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  • Profile picture of the author spen
    xxxxxx.com/facebook ?
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Just simply NO.
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