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*Trademark infringement through facebook usernames?

[to see a more recent post on this issue please click >>here<<]

Facebook yesterday announced that it will allow users, from Saturday 12:01am EDT on, to sign up for individual user-names stating that

“to make it easier for people to find and connect with users and Facebook Pages. [...] Your username must be at least five characters in length and only include alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9), or a period or full stop (“.”). [...] Think carefully about the username you choose. Once it’s been selected, you won’t be able to change or transfer it.”

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“If you signed up for a Facebook Page after May 31 or a user profile after today at 3 p.m. EDT, you may not be able to sign up for a username immediately because of steps we’ve taken to prevent abuse or “squatting” on names.”

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The registration seems already very well prepared:

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But of course also the possibility of unauthorized use of third party trademarks (among other rights) had to be considered:

In some cases, your desired username may not be available because someone has already selected it or because we’ve reserved certain names that have been brought to our attention in an effort to help third parties protect their intellectual property and other rights. If your username is unavailable or you wish to report that another username infringes your intellectual property rights, please fill out our automated IP infringement form.”

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…or object against the use of your trademark here: (What about name rights by the way?)

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Still, knowing that “people ain’t no good” and that some trade mark holder will not objected to the use of their TM on facebook …  I am quite positive that we can look forward to some squatting litigation about “facebook username-grabbing” (a word I’ve just invented myself ;)


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