If you are reading this freaked out because your FaceBook account has a malicious application, please read the How To Deal With The Scam section.
Please be careful when you accept a FaceBook Application. You could be exposing and exploiting me, as well as, your other friends.
A rogue FaceBook Application gets you to click on it and give them permission to exploit all your personal information… including, me, your friend.
In this case study, friends of mine on FaceBook clicked on some silly link… perhaps something like “What Song Was Number 1 on My Birthday?” The application then goes to some more bad guys. In this case, Footware International. Footware Internation aka House Of Shoes aka All About Shoes.
All About Shoes took advantage of my friends in a fraudulent way. Then, they exploited the violation of privacy by committing several crimes with my name and likeness (i.e. by tagging my name and icon in pictures of shoes.)
A DANGER OF SOCIAL GRACE
The following is my third attempt to report the crimes. In this instance, I’m invoking FaceBook for their liability in protecting my Intellectual Property Rights (i.e. my name and likeness and personal information for use in commercial advertisements.)
I filed a complaint with FaceBook against All About Shoes. This is their initial reply that includes a copy of my complaint.
The Facebook Team has received your inquiry. We should get back to you soon. In the meantime, we encourage you to review our Intellectual Property Help page (http://www.facebook.com/
help.php?page=439). There, you’ll find answers to many common questions.
Thanks for contacting Facebook,
The Facebook Team
Notice Filed: 02/09/2012 1:43am PST
What right is being infringed/violated?: trademark
Identify the content on Facebook that you allege is infringing/violating. Please provide URLs to the specific content wherever possible: https://www.facebook.com/
media/set/ ?set=a.181959958577154.32275.17 0250773081406&type=1
Check if applicable: no access
Provide information sufficient for us to locate the content on Facebook: email i sent to email@example.com
Please provide all your contact information. We are filing a criminal complaint against you for your FaceBook fraud and other crimes.
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House Of Shoes
i called the phone numbers and tried to obtain their legal information. all i was told is — john garcia
What is your trademark?: my name
In what countries do you claim trademark rights that you believe are being infringed by this content?: all
Do you have a registration?: no
Categories of goods/services for which you assert rights: My name and likeness
A description of how you believe this content infringes your trademark: my name and likeness is being used to sell shoes against my will
Contact Information: I am the rights holder, reporting on my own behalf.
Your Name: Daniel Brouse
Your Title: Performance Artist
Mailing Address: xxxxx
Phone Number: xxxxx
Confirm your email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where are you (or those you represent) based?: US
: By submitting this notice, you declare under penalty of perjury that all of the information contained in this notice is accurate and that the use of your intellectual property described above, in the manner you have complained of, is not authorized by the rights owner, its agent, or the law.
Do you agree?: yes
Electronic Signature: Daniel BrouseFacebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
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