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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by silvernus0: 4:39pm On Mar 21, 2016
Chibenze:

They have the right over your domain becuase you infringe into facebook trade mark.

For example in your about page you wrote abt facebook: Facekobo is the social network to connect, share,
advertise. The Facebook alternative for users
dissatisfied with Facebook's handling of users
privacy settings and its mind control experiments.



You made a big mistake bro by writing the above. In real sense the have no case (u will win them) but the above will make them win you easily.

I am a domainer (i buy and sell domains). I have some knowledge about trademark.


If you are wise follow this tips i will give you now.

1. Remove every of your write up that contain facebook etc.

2. Remove/ block every ad that show facebook.

3. remove every logo of facebook from ur site.

Though this is some how a serous case because you are also in the same niche which facebook. also ur domain was reg jan 2015... All this a pointing to bad faith bro.

Now this is my brotherly advice to you:

Take down your domain name reg another domain and continue with ur site but never for get advice: 1, 2 and 3 even when you have gotten another domain.



Once again take down the domain.


GOD BLESS NIGERIA


watin concern face book [/b]and face [b]kobo

abi dem don buy all the face foe domain

so if i wan buy myinnershopface.com them go come tell me say face they there

dont get it??
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Chibenze(m): 4:42pm On Mar 21, 2016
macphilip:
From an objective point of view,
if your site was registered Jan 2016 and its a social network for friends and family with the name facekobo.com
then certainly, your domain name drew inspiration from Facebook.com domain name.
In that regard, they have a strong case against you.
Exactly, his domain reg was bad faith (Jan 2015) what made it even worst is when he said an alternative to facebook, am sure facebook has taking screenshot of prove etc, quote me facebook will not pay a dim to acquire this domain.
op is only interested on people saying he will make billions of naira from this case.
good luck to him
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Lovetinz(m): 6:21pm On Mar 21, 2016
Facebook is advertising your domain name for FREE. grin

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by BLWeb: 1:47pm On Mar 22, 2016
dinggle:
The "buy it offer" can't come from us, or they will twist it as bad intentions in court....or use it to force a low settlement.
If they put down the buy it option, we shall painfully consider it. When the offer comes I will post it here, but! won't post our counter offer..that will be strictly private.

On this note: I and my partners have concluded to make an offer to Nigerians!
N1 million naira each will be paid to 20 most active Nigerians on FaceKobo.com, if and when Facebook buys it out. This is just a goodwill gesture...and our little way of giving back. The number might increase from 20 to 100 Nigerians when negotiations open, but for now its peg at 20.

After joining send email with subject: 20 most active Nigerians with username to: contact@Facekobo.com and your profile will be given the the "active" status, if you are bumped by another Nigerian due to inactivity your profile will have a "free" status.


Seun did you see this? are you supporting this callous behavior?

As for you mr dinggle, this is not the time to rope people into your problems. You have been given a solution to work on then get on it. Stop daydreaming, why would facebook pay you when you trying to discredit them with face + k o b o (you can rewrite it to give you book).

You call facebook mind control pervs but you are the worst. Dont drag jobless hungry nigerians to your weird attention seeking scheme.

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by kennyman2000(m): 1:49pm On Mar 22, 2016
Hmmm... Hate people like this Op. Why must u put face in ur domain name? If facebook never made it, would u put face in ur domain name? Facebook has the right to claim copyright infringement right on ur domain.
Dont try to tap from someone else labour.

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by 2sexynet: 1:53pm On Mar 22, 2016
All of you supporting the OP won't be there there when they shall yank off that domain name from his account.

Dream on...
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by 2sexynet: 1:56pm On Mar 22, 2016
Chibenze:

Exactly, his domain reg was bad faith (Jan 2015) what made it even worst is when he said an alternative to facebook, am sure facebook has taking screenshot of prove etc, quote me facebook will not pay a dim to acquire this domain.
op is only interested on people saying he will make billions of naira from this case.
good luck to him
cheesy why are trying to prevent him from making MILLIONZ from his dreams? Please leave the OP cheesy

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by uracocksucker: 1:59pm On Mar 22, 2016
I have seen your site and buddy, it has nothing to offer that been said, its no excuse for FB to shut you down .....settle out of court take compensation and move on ... we both know that's what you playing for. KUDOS MAN, I WISH I HAD THOUGHT OF IT MYSELF
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by tgmservice: 2:02pm On Mar 22, 2016
Why would facebook be scared of that thrash u call a website

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by alienvirus: 2:04pm On Mar 22, 2016
Chibenze:

Exactly, his domain reg was bad faith (Jan 2015) what made it even worst is when he said an alternative to facebook, am sure facebook has taking screenshot of prove etc, quote me facebook will not pay a dim to acquire this domain.
op is only interested on people saying he will make billions of naira from this case.
good luck to him
I have been expecting this. You nailed it.
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Nellybii: 2:08pm On Mar 22, 2016
xxxtedyxxx:
Op is high on cold Poo poo poo. Facekobo kobo koh face cowrie ni.. There is nothing on your site to even make zukerberg move. If u need publicity say so, not this man- don't come here and say facebook is in a competition with u.

And what is the name of your own website Mr pull him down. Typical African Slave mentality.
Why can't Facebook be in competition with him?
Kudos to the guy He should be a source of inspiration to jobless political thugs like you.Mr xxxxx

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by mymadam(m): 2:09pm On Mar 22, 2016
olatpic:
@OP, I think you've just hit a goldmine...
Really?
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Nobody: 2:09pm On Mar 22, 2016
javijabor1:
You need to find out 1st if Facebook trademarked the name.
It's similar to Microsoft no one can use any domain containing Microsoft or you will be sued.

If they did trademark Facebook my brother let the name go. I hope your lawyer knows his job properly or else you could be be the one to pay Facebook.

Don't let people deceive you.
You also need to do a lot of digging.
Try to ask questions about the domain on namepros.com it's a forum for domains related issues only.

Goodluck.
Does it mean if I get a domain bearing microstuff I get sued.

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by shegerun: 2:13pm On Mar 22, 2016
Why the name Facekobo? So, you couldn't find any other name to give your site? Go and sleep please!

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Nobody: 2:16pm On Mar 22, 2016
OP they should actually sue your as.s for the extremely poor layout, design and content of your site, based on the fact the similarity in name is already bad juju for their brand considering the rubbish you hosted.

On the other hand your publicity stunt is paying off considering the 20 mumu people that just registered on the site within the last one hour

No be only $1 million for top 20 users. Mtchewwwww

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by sagieramos(m): 2:25pm On Mar 22, 2016
OP no worry. na we dey ur back. add me: sagie@facekobo.com
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by PresVA: 2:28pm On Mar 22, 2016
kennyman2000:
Hmmm... Hate people like this Op. Why must u put face in ur domain name? If facebook never made it, would u put face in ur domain name? Facebook has the right to claim copyright infringement right on ur domain.
Dont try to tap from someone else labour.
Exactly, so lame; no creativity at al.. that's why some peeps are already copying nairaland; you'll see names like naijaland ettcc...

They can't start up on their own. . Looking to steal from people's hard-built fame..

I hope seun dey shine his eyes shaa..

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by caesaraba(m): 2:29pm On Mar 22, 2016
1stCitizen:
OP they should actually sue your as.s for the extremely poor layout, design and content of your site, based on the fact the similarity in name is already bad juju for their brand considering the rubbish you hosted.

On the other hand your publicity stunt is paying off considering the 20 mumu people that just registered on the site within the last one hour

No be only $1 million for top 20 users. Mtchewwwww

If I'm sure about anything, it is the fact that the OP will not be getting a dime from Facebook. Thanks to internet caching, all references to Facebook and the abuse of the Facebook trademark which he might have hurriedly edited are still saved-up in the cached versions of his website which he can't edit. Siddon there make dem dey job u. Go and ask if recently anyone has made any money from Pepsi or Coca-Cola for finding particles in their drinks (since that is where you are drawing your inspiration from). You are just an opportunistic indolent twerp looking to reap where you didn't sow. Banza!

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by JohnNgene: 2:30pm On Mar 22, 2016
Hmmm... Interesting.

Aside from the fact that the Nigerian owner of faceKOBO.com allegedly made the mistake of stating that his site is an alternative to Facebook, it's unfair to attack him for choosing the domain name faceKOBO.com

Why?

1) Face KOBO could mean many things especially "focus on the kobo" (i.e. focus on spending little). In fact, I wish the owner of the site can forget about making faceKOBO a social networking site and instead make it a site about financial advice from a Nigerian perspective. That way, Facebook will have absolutely no case against him as it'll be two different genres.

2) Our KOBO has been existing long before Mark Zuckerberg ever thought of Facebook.

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Otapipia: 2:32pm On Mar 22, 2016
dinggle:
Facebook Claims Infringement Over Nigerian Site Facekobo.com [case #486923]

For the 2nd time in less than a year Facebook is attempting to bulldoze me from fear of competition, FaceKobo was formed with our local KOBO, unit of Naira. Initially Facebook had claimed that I built Facekobo like Facebook, adopting its colors, since that didn't fly, they are coming for the name, the first thing that comes to my mind is 'who the hell do they think they are'...??......While contacted Nigerian lawyers home and abroad were easily intimidated by the name FACEBOOK, my Jewish lawyer asked me to ignore their rant...saying "Facebook knows what to do" if they consider me a threat, back then Facekobo was ranked 1.4 million today at 260,000 they R back...........what do you advise?



To Whom It May Concern,

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

As you undoubtedly know, Facebook is the leading online social network service. Facebook adopted the name and trademark Facebook in February 2004 and, since that time, Facebook has actively used the Facebook name and trademark in connection with its online social network service, including maintaining the web site www.Facebook.com. The term Facebook is one of the most famous trademarks on the Internet. Facebook owns exclusive trademark rights to the Facebook name as a result of numerous trademark registrations in the United States and internationally, as well as related common law rights. Accordingly, Facebook enjoys broad trademark rights in its name.

Facebook has made a substantial investment in developing and providing its services. As a result of Facebook’s pioneering efforts and devoting substantial effort and resources to providing only high quality services, the Facebook name and trademarks are widely known among the consuming public worldwide, and the name and trademarks embody substantial and valuable goodwill.

Accordingly, we were concerned when we learned of your registration and use of facekobo.com. As we hope you can appreciate, protection of its trademarks is very important to Facebook. Your registration and use of facekobo.com violates the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq.) because it infringes and dilutes the famous Facebook trademark.

Infringement occurs when a third party’s use of a company’s trademark (or a confusingly similar variation thereof) is likely to confuse consumers as to the affiliation, sponsorship or endorsement of the third party’s services. Trademark dilution occurs when a third party’s use of a variation of a company’s trademark is likely to lessen the distinctiveness of the company’s famous trademark.

We have filed several proceedings before the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization's arbitration panel. Facebook has prevailed in each case and the domain names at issue were all ordered to be transferred to Facebook. Facebook is concerned that your unauthorized use of the Facebook name may cause confusion as to whether you or your company’s activities are authorized, endorsed or sponsored by Facebook when, in fact, they are not.

We understand that you may have registered facekobo.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. As you may know, 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.

While Facebook respects your right of expression and your desire to conduct business on the Internet, Facebook must enforce its own rights in order to protect its valuable and famous trademark. For these reasons, and to avoid consumer confusion, Facebook must insist that you immediately stop using facekobo.com and disable any site available at that address. You should not sell, offer to sell, or transfer the domain name to a third party and should let the domain registration expire.

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

Sincerely,

Ethel

Legal Dept.
Facebook, Inc
This is rubbish. Do you really need a professional advise?
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Dammiesugar(f): 2:35pm On Mar 22, 2016
macphilip:
From an objective point of view,
if your site was registered Jan 2016 and its a social network for friends and family with the name facekobo.com
then certainly, your domain name drew inspiration from Facebook.com domain name.
In that regard, they have a strong case against you.

Please help me tell him o, @Op You need to be creative and tactful....If you must own a platform,use a meaningful name and by the way if you go to court with facebook, they will definitely win. (They are much more richer than you!).
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by alpontif(m): 2:43pm On Mar 22, 2016
Hello,

People like the OP are the reason why Nigeria has such a Bad name internationally.

This is classic cybersquating, hijacking and attempting to reap where you did not sow.

Will you have used face, if there was no facebook?

why cant you come up with your own totally original name, eg olodo.com and work hard to build the brand?

why will you have to attempt to use the facebook brand to build your own business, and then claim facebook is trying to bully you when they want to treat your fuckup....?

It is well.

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by styles2009: 2:43pm On Mar 22, 2016
Meet or look for a lawyer in the US to take the case to court and ask for $300Million for the domain transfer to them for life,even if they agree to pay 10% and you settle all legal fees,I see no way you would not get $2Million.
Its either they agree to buy the domain name at a price you want or stop all these e-harassment. cry

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Kay17: 2:44pm On Mar 22, 2016
I don't know much about IP.

Nigeria is a large market for Facebook and they will consider any threat to it as serious.

Domain names are labels and identities for web services therefore can be registered as a trademark. Trademark registration is territorially enforceable. A trademark registered in the US covers only US territory. And the IP owner has to register his trademark in every country he wants it enforced. However there are treaties which make a single registration valid for over 100 countries.

Nigeria could be one of them. And if Nigeria is, they have a good ground to drag you to a Nigerian court and nail you, and you would pay a lot in damages.

I can only give an opinion whether you infringed on Facebook's trademark. The pertinent questions are, whether Facekobo can easily be mistaken for Facebook? Both have same letters, supposedly delivering the same services. And Facebook is an international brand forged in the consciousness of millions of people worldwide. And there is an element of bad faith in trying to take advantage of Facebook's goodwill.

The best step is to consult IP lawyers. Not Festus Keyamo.

http://www.bitlaw.com/internet/domain.html

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Leorichy: 2:44pm On Mar 22, 2016
Chibenze:

They have the right over your domain becuase you infringe into facebook trade mark.

For example in your about page you wrote abt facebook: Facekobo is the social network to connect, share,
advertise. The Facebook alternative for users
dissatisfied with Facebook's handling of users
privacy settings and its mind control experiments.



You made a big mistake bro by writing the above. In real sense the have no case (u will win them) but the above will make them win you easily.

I am a domainer (i buy and sell domains). I have some knowledge about trademark.


If you are wise follow this tips i will give you now.

1. Remove every of your write up that contain facebook etc.

2. Remove/ block every ad that show facebook.

3. remove every logo of facebook from ur site.

Though this is some how a serous case because you are also in the same niche which facebook. also ur domain was reg jan 2015... All this a pointing to bad faith bro.

Now this is my brotherly advice to you:

Take down your domain name reg another domain and continue with ur site but never for get advice: 1, 2 and 3 even when you have gotten another domain.



Once again take down the domain.


GOD BLESS NIGERIA

hello bro,wanna ask for some professional advise,can i email?
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by tpiar: 2:46pm On Mar 22, 2016
Shouldnt they talk before you link them to boko haram?

Or have you already done so.
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by awjomo: 2:50pm On Mar 22, 2016
lol ur lawyer is deceiving you, you will probably lose the case if it goes to court. Tey will sue you on passin off or copyright infringement.. and with what i see they have the necessary arsenal to defeat you.. man let it go. as a lawyer i am giving you a free advice., the only thing u can use as your defence is the kobo thing, or u might argue there was no intention of passing off, but they will still wipe u in court. it is a registred company man
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by heysquare(m): 2:54pm On Mar 22, 2016
another wash of d week. another faker in d making looking for cheap awareness. so Ethel in legal department doesn't av last name? u dnt want to complicates ur notice me. good work sha as some nlder wud fall for ds

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Zoharariel(m): 3:02pm On Mar 22, 2016
dinggle:


Facebook actually made attempts to shut down Facekobo.com last year through a request to my host, but they got a shocker their lobbyist law that allows a big company to swallow new startups does not apply to my host country. If I had bought my domain in USA or was hosting in USA, I would have been taken out without notice. It is for reasons like this that one appreciates countries like Russia, China and Iran, countries the United states can not bully into submission.


When I said Russia is the only Country in the world that has never done any wrong to Africa, people called me names.

This incident reflects the Amerikan imperial arrogance & ambition to subjugating & exploiting external economies all over the globe.

Amerika, once again, has proven through her bastard citizen - Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to be an imperial aggressor lurking round the mountains & deserts seeking whom to devour.

Vladimirovich Putin - Posterity will judge you kindly & vindicate you of all the divisive lies & propaganda thrown at you by your double-dealing enemies grin

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Pentagon Agents: Missy89, Valeriansteel, Mazeltov, Vedaxcool, Obaghadaffi. grin

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Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Damjoy(m): 3:03pm On Mar 22, 2016
xxxtedyxxx:
Op is high on cold Poo poo poo. Facekobo kobo koh face cowrie ni.. There is nothing on your site to even make zukerberg move. If u need publicity say so, not this man- don't come here and say facebook is in a competition with u.

I saw the same thing and even had a different thought on registering on the site...
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Chibenze(m): 3:13pm On Mar 22, 2016
Leorichy:

hello bro,wanna ask for some professional advise,can i email?
Sure. Provided i have an answer to your questions...
Re: Facebook Is Trying To Kill Facekobo.com - A Nigerian Website by Nobody: 3:14pm On Mar 22, 2016
This OP na yeye guy.

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