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Facebook Sues To Bar the Use of 'Book' in Site's Name

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by pk698, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. pk698

    pk698 Active Member

    Ah, seems another corporate america is flexing its muscle. This reminds me of the sambuck starbuck lawsuit.


    who do you think will win?
  2. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    That's new. First i hear facebook copyrighted the term "wall" and now this. Hopefully we can see some nice precedents being set here so wannabe sites can get what's coming to them.
  3. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Face and book are both common terms, especially in social media; if they win this case, they're likely to see many people raging over it.
  4. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I think TeachBook need to spend their money wisely on a global marketing campaign to gather donations from around the world to take on Facebook about using the name book in any name. It always comes back to David and the Goliath. The little guy can and does win if done right.
    Peggy likes this.
  5. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I consider my site to be social, and it's a network of sites, and the social features are global. And I have a book discussion forum on it too under wetalkbooks.net

    Welcome to the Internet failbook.
  6. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    Well the site is about teachers and teachers use books so i doubt facebook will win.

    On a side note? If they wanted to make an example of someone, why would they choose a website trying to spread knowledge, dedicated to teachers? Do they want to dumb the entire world down so all people post about is random crap.
    David Thomas, EQnoble and Shelley like this.
  7. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Yet another reason to ditch that Facebook account if you haven't already ;)

    What awful bully tactics to try to strong arm any small site with the word book in their domain name.

    David Thomas likes this.
  8. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Facebook the bully. :mad:
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  9. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    When I saw the title I expected FB had sued f*ckbook. Strange that they go after teachers instead of after porn site that is obviously copying facebook.
  10. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    This could then be applied to Xen, as it is a registered trademark. There is noway Facebook can get away with that nonsense, especially when the site isn't even a social network, but a site purely for teachers to share resources, experience, knowledge, etc.
    Peggy likes this.
  11. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I think the porn industry has enough money to fight it... one of few industries that is completely recession proof.
  12. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    We can only hope that this is the case.
  13. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    Well, they could sue Apple for using "face" in Facetime next I suppose.
  14. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I think the article hit it on the head though Peggy.... the financial impact of whether its worth it, right or wrong. Facebook would be morons to take on the porn industry, as the cash that would come out of the woodwork would smash FB back to reality. Teachers website.... not real sure they would have the cash. I think they should go for global news release at the cost of under a grand, and ask for donations to fight... I would donate to help that cause.

    I remember Aaron Wall did this with a larger company taking him on when he was just an individual, and SEO's and webmasters, bloggers, all came out and donated in small amounts to give him the funds to fight it... suddenly the big company backed off as he could hire extremely good lawyers. All the left over got donated to a charity... which he provided a transparent report on donations, costs and then the left over donation. Very effective...
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  15. Josh Arcadia

    Josh Arcadia Member

    Well money turn stupid to ppl... I love FB but this is stupid! I hope they lost
  16. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I am filing a suit against everybody for having a name, like I have one. Copy cats! If you were born after 1977, expect to be contacted.

    ... hey, if they can earn money with ridiculous claims, maybe I can too!
  17. STT

    STT New Member

    ...Stupid. They shouldn't be able to copyright/trademark or even SUE over the word Book as it's a COMMON WORD. Hell, if this uses any logic at all then Sony should be suing over the use of PS3 (which is their trademark, btw) outside of their products and third-party owned licensed products, which I haven't seen happen yet. There's no sense in this at all.
  18. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Most of those sites don't directly compete in some way against Sony however (Unless they're anti-PS3 sites), and actually do more good if they're a fan site, as theres a possibility of gaining more sales due to something said.
  19. STT

    STT New Member

    It's actually even more stupid because the site doesn't seem to be related to FB at all.
  20. feldon30

    feldon30 Well-Known Member

    It's not a social networking site for teachers?

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