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Facebook sent cease and desist letter to Facebook.ru

Facebook sent a legal letter to the operators of Facebook.RU, demanding its surrendering of the Russian ccTLD domain.

Russian payment system Zolotaya Korona is in possession of the .RU domain, and forwards it to their web site, apparently reaping all traffic since 2005.

In a letter sent on August 28th, Facebook is seeking the transfer of the domain no later than September 30th.

Facebook points to article 1515 of the Russian Civil Code, providing for the responsibility for the use of someone else’s trademark in the form of compensation to 5 million Rubles, or double the cost of a trademark license.

Facebook has about 11 million users in Russia, while Russian social network VK.com has 440 million users worldwide.

For more details on this ongoing case, view this translation from Russian.

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