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Old 9th February 2010, 03:27 PM
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Russian Social Networking Wars?

Is .РФ playing favorites?

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The creator of the network "My Circle" took control "Classmates"


But in January 2010 at the festiva However, "Classmates" refused to register a domain in Cyrillic zone. RF in connection with the fact that the trademark contains both the Russian and Latin name.
So My Circle is owned by Yandex and they have been allowed registration of the domain even though it contains a trademark of another. While Classmates has been refused registration because it contains the trademark of someone elses.

мойкруг.рф
мой-круг.рф

Yet "circle" or "круг" is a trademark of someone elses.

круг.рф

ВКонтакте or Vkontakte hasn't been allowed registration either for the same reasons.

It seems fairly evident to me who they are trying to give a head start in branding on the social networking front.

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Old 9th February 2010, 03:45 PM
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Re: Russian Social Networking Wars?

Russian trademark law seems a little obscure.
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Old 9th February 2010, 03:52 PM
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Re: Russian Social Networking Wars?

Related or not, you choose...
Vkontakte and odnoklassniki are both owned by the same group.
http://dst-global.com/
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Re: Russian Social Networking Wars?

the people I feel sorry for the most are those who have been standing on the sidelines waiting for the real idns (aka IDN.IDN ccTLD) to turn up.. and now they have, they haven't got a freakin chance at getting anything with the whole space saturated with crooks
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Old 9th February 2010, 04:21 PM
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Re: Russian Social Networking Wars?

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Related or not, you choose...
Vkontakte and odnoklassniki are both owned by the same group.
http://dst-global.com/
I see Mail.ru is in there. They weren't allowed their .rf either.

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Nice use of the mark.
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Re: Russian Social Networking Wars?

It'll take off once they get it put in Unicode. Or they should have picked something that was in Unicode already.
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