Facebook Win Over Typo Domain Squatters
Posted: May 3, 2013 by Maja Johnson
On Tuesday, Facebook won a two-year battle against typo squatters. This is the first company in history that managed to win a legal dispute, and be awarded liability damages under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
The District Court of Northern Carolina ruled that all 11 defendants, who used domains similar to Facebook in order to get rich, must pay fines from $5,000 to $25,000 for each domain. With 105 domains in question, Facebook is looking to be awarded $2.8 million in damages.
Domains with names like faacebok.com, facebokook.com, faceboocklogin.com, dacebook.com, facebooll.com, gfacebook.com, facegbook.com, zh-facebook.com. facebookfreezer.com and many others were used by the squatters to trick users and get their money. After the verdict, the squatters had to sign their domains over to Facebook and pay additional fines.
One of the defendants, Newgate, was ordered to pay an amazing $1.34 million for 47 domains that directed users to pages about cleaning products. Another of the defendants, Michael Suggs, was ordered to pay $705,000 in damages.
Since 2011 when the lawsuit began, Facebook has managed to recover hundreds of domains. However, there are many more to be recovered and shut down. On the other hand, this is a big win for Facebook and a positive sign for other companies to take actions against squatters according to ACPA.