Facebook Wins Court Battle Against “Typosquatters” | Social Media Tips | Scoop.it

A California district court has ruled in favor of Facebook in the social network’s case against a number of “typosquatters,” according to a filing released on Wednesday.


A typosquatter is the name for companies or individuals who purchase domain names like “gacebook” or “dacebook” in the hope that users will accidentally visit the sites. In this particular case, the defendants were sitting on many different misspelled domains which, when visited, would redirect users to other, sometimes malicious, sites.


The ruling turned over more than 100 domains to Facebook and awarded the company damages of about $2.8 million.


“We are pleased with the court’s recommendation. We will continue to use all the tools at our disposal to enforce against those who attempt to take advantage of the people who use our service,” Craig Clark, Facebook’s associate general counsel, told AllThingsD in a statement.