Facebook is attempting to steal/censor the domain www.facebookcensorship.com Here is their threat with the reply from Bro Steve Winter's blog

This is my reply to Facebook regarding their attempt to steal/censor the domain facebookcensorship.com


The domain facebookcensorship.com is a textbook example of fair use and could never cause confusion that it is in any way affiliated with Facebook. It serves also as a repository for evidence to be used in legal action against Facebook.  The site has also been up for years. Any attempts at intimidation or extortion by Facebook will be responded to legally.



On 1/8/20 11:20 AM, whoisrequest@rr-facebook.com wrote:

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> To Whom It May Concern,

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> We are writing concerning your registration and use of the domain name facebookcensorship.com, which contains the Facebook trademark.

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> You are undoubtedly familiar with Facebook and its worldwide renown in providing photo sharing and editing services, online networking and related products and services through a number of channels, including through its mobile application software and its website available at Facebook.com. Facebook owns exclusive rights to the FACEBOOK trademark, including rights secured through common law use and registration in the United States (Reg. Nos. 4,170,675 and 4,146,057) and internationally. Facebook is a global leader in photography software for mobile devices, with over 800 million monthly active accounts. Due to Facebook’s exponential growth and immense popularity, the Facebook brand, is frequently, if not daily, referenced in the media and pop culture. Its fame entitles it to broad legal protection.

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> We have recently discovered that you registered the domain name facebookcensorship.com, which incorporates the famous Facebook mark. Facebook has an obligation to its users and the public to police against the registration and/or use of domain names that may cause consumer confusion as to affiliation with or sponsorship by Facebook, dilute the distinctiveness of its FACEBOOK mark, or otherwise tarnish the mark. Accordingly, in addition to civil actions, Facebook has filed numerous proceedings pursuant to ICANN’S Uniform Domain-Name Dispute- Resolution Policy (http://www.icann.org/en/help/dndr/udrp) to secure the transfer of infringing domain names. Moreover, the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act provides for serious penalties (up to $100,000 per domain name) against persons who, without authorization, use, sell, or offer for sale a domain name that infringes another’s trademark.

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> While Facebook respects your right of expression and your desire to conduct business on the Internet, Facebook must take action to stop the misuse of its intellectual property. As you can imagine, various third parties around the world have attempted to wrongfully capitalize on Facebook’s reputation by registering domain names that include or are derived from the FACEBOOK brand. Such names are confusingly similar to, dilutive of, and can tarnish the FACEBOOK mark.

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> We understand that you may have registered facebookcensorship.com without full knowledge of the law in this area. However, Facebook is concerned about your use of the Facebook trademark in your domain name. Accordingly, we must insist that you immediately cease using and disable either delete or transfer to Facebook any site available at that address. You should not sell, offer to sell, or transfer the domain name to any third party.

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> Please confirm in writing that you will agree to resolve this matter as requested. If we do not receive confirmation that you will comply with our request, we will have no other choice but to pursue all available remedies against you.

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> Sincerely,

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> Facebook IP & DNS Enforcement Group

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> Facebook, Inc.

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