Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a client with a company which wants to create a Facebook page. However, someone has already taken my clients company name on Facebook and established a page there.

The page has not been used for anything yet, but people have already started to "Like" the page, thinking it's the page of my client. The client has complained to Facebook and they have not considered this to be a violation. The company is a rather well established institution in my country.

Has anyone experienced the same issue and have advice on the next step to take in such a case?

Appreciate your help and advice!

share|improve this question
up vote 0 down vote accepted

There's some information here on how to Report Claims of Intellectual Property Infringement;


And a reporting form here;


Hope this helps.

share|improve this answer

Are you sure this page has been established to mimic your client's brand? Companies may have the exact same names and be active in completely different branches of economy. The name is not enough. What about your client's logo and visual identity - is it also used by the page?

share|improve this answer
Yes, it's established to mimic the clients name, but it's actually not a brand violation. – grm Mar 30 '11 at 11:34
Maybe I should be more specific - was it established to use your client's reputation to bring traffic or for poaching in hope your client would "buy" it? Could you point a link to this page so that we could see what we are dealing with? – wssbck Mar 30 '11 at 11:44

facebook allows users to create what you could call a 'tribute page' for companies that it likes , for instance i might create a page for 'mcdonalds north pole' and there would be nothing illegal about it as long as i am not posing as the official owner of 'mcdonalds north pole'
What you can check do is Mark the page as the official xyz company page and request facebook to acknowledge that you are the real owners

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.