In a post about two weeks ago I’ve pondered about the fact that facebook users might “grab” Vanity URLs anf thus infringe thrid party trademark rights. So it happened and accoring to Jenna Wortham of the NY-Times some of these grabbed domains (eg. Facebook.com/Nasa, Facebook.com/iPhones and Facebook.com/HPComputers; for more please click >>here<<) have already been offered on a Assetize, a marketplace for Web domains, Twitter and Web accounts.
Facebook has already acknowledged the issue and Mr. Yu said that the company would look at rescinding a vanity Web address when the registering party who did not have legal right to it. Futhermore he said that “If it’s a dispute between two users – then it’s first come first serve. But if the user’s name isn’t actually the vanity URL he registered, the user shouldn’t have a right to grab that. We want it to be associated with user identity. I don’t want to be completely definitive but that is the one thing we want to actively encourage.”
So, let’s lean back and wait for the first FB-Vanity-URL-Grabbing-Case 🙂