Facebook apologizes to drug maker over URL gaffe

Merck KgaA said the social network ‘has not been cooperative’ after the German drug maker learned U.S.-based Merck took over the rights to its Facebook Web address.

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German drug maker Merck KgaA complained when its U.S. rival Merck & Co. took over the rights to the URL Facebook.com/Merck.

According to The Wall Street Journal, German Merck arranged for exclusive rights to the URL with Facebook in March 2010. In October, the U.S. company was using it.

A Facebook spokesperson apologized for the “administrative error,” but that’s not stopping the German Merck from asking a U.S. court to force Facebook to explain itself. It claims that Facebook “has not been cooperative” in rectifying the situation.

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