Here is an odd one. Facebook filed a complaint with U.K. Internet authority Nominet over thefacebook.co.uk. The registrant Steven Cameron said he did not register the domain name or have anything to do with it.
According to an article on Bognor.co.uk, Mr. Cameron did offer to give Facebook the domain but Facebook refused it, opting for an official ruling from Nominet.
From the article:
Despite Mr Cameron’s protestations that he had not purchased the web address, Nominet expert, Patricia Jones, said he had ‘registered or otherwise acquired it’.
She added that Facebook is an ‘extremely well known’ trademark in the UK, where the network has more than 37 million active users.
“I consider it inconceivable that Mr Cameron was unaware of Facebook at the time of registration or acquisition of the domain name.”
And he had ‘chosen not to give any explanation’ of how he came to acquire or register it, she said.
The expert ruled: “I consider that he had Facebook firmly in mind when he registered or otherwise acquired the domain name.”
She concluded that the domain name was ‘an abusive registration’ in Mr Cameron’s hands and directed its transfer to Facebook Inc.