As ElliotsBlog.com reported earlier Facebook filed a massive cybersquatting suit against 25 named domain holders including corporations and individuals as well as 119 John Doe defendants whose identity is yet unknown to Facebook. In all about 126 domains with known owners and 119 domains with unknown owners.
The lawsuit starts off quite ominously.
The Defendants Are Typosquatters.
“They Exploit and profit from Internet Domain Names that are confusing similar to Facebook mark”.
“‘“The website that appears to benefit the most from users mistyping a legitimate URL is faceboook.com (count the o’s). It’s a scammy website set up to make you think that you have been chosen as a “Facebook Winner.” However, it is only typed once for every 7,930 times that someone correctly types facebook.com”
Now that domain name, Faceboook.com was prominently mentioned in the body of the lawsuit as a the second prime example of infringing activities (See Paragraph G.)
In additional to $100K per domain and attorney fees, The lawsuit is asking the court to transfer all of the domain names to Facebook and award Facebook all the money those typo domains made, as well as triple damages and punitive damages. Facebook is also asking the court to issue and injunction preventing the defendants from registering any more domains that would infringe on Facebook’s Trademarks
8 of the Defendant have addresses inside the US including 6 in the state of Georgia.
Other defendants have address in Canada, UK, Panama, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Thailand and Antigua.