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Facebook sues social networking site for using "book" in its name

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 26 Aug 2010 13:12 User comments (30)

Facebook sues social networking site for using "book" in its name Social networking juggernaut Facebook is suing a new website called Teachbook, which is designed to help teachers, administrators & parents share classroom resources with each other.
The suit alleges, "Misappropriating the distinctive BOOK portion of Facebook's trademark, Defendant has created its own competing online networking community in a blatant attempt to become Facebook "for Teachers.""

Facebook's lawyers are claiming that using the name Teachbook is intended to (and would) confuse people into believing the site is associated with Facebook.

While there's certainly truth to the claim that the use of "book" in Teachbook's name is intended to let people know it's a social networking site, it doesn't automatically follow that people will assume an affilliation with Facebook.

In fact it seems like an equally valid argument that the average person would assume the name implies Teachbook is an alternative to Facebook, and therefore not affiliated.

There certainly don't seem to be any similarities between the logos or actual websites.

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Even if they win, this seems like a losing proposition for Facebook - at least when it comes to competing with Teachbook.

Teachers are somewhat unique in the world of social networking. Many are hesitant to use services like Facebook because they worry about how it will make them look to administrators, parents & even students.

Teachbook potentially offers them a place where they can interact with other teachers, school staff & parents without the stigma attached to other social networking tools.

But in order to do that they first need to attract the attention of educators. By suing, Facebook has likely given them a good head start in that area.

Instead of relying on word of mouth, they now have major media outlets around the world talking about their service.

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30 user comments

126.8.2010 13:28

Really Facebook? Do you need the money or are you just a**holes?

226.8.2010 14:10

Maybe they are worried about that lawsuit over ownership that was apparently forged.

326.8.2010 14:37

This is one of those lawsuits you thought would never happen, Its crap like this and its Privacy issues I don't join Facebook theirs been 2 times I wanted to join it and twitter but no its this story were I say The hell with it and not join em.

426.8.2010 14:55

Just call it Teachspace. Problem solved.

526.8.2010 14:58

wow, maybe i shouldn't name anything or own anything with "book" in it, I might get sued too. *sarcasm

626.8.2010 15:04

How about faceplant?

726.8.2010 15:18

Quote:

Just call it Teachspace. Problem solved.

Because morally and ethically they should not have to change it as it relates not to Facebook what-so-ever.

826.8.2010 16:59

i mean I can see the problem if the site is named TeachFacebook, or FacebookTeach, if this is so serious to have a word "book" in it then they should sue everyone with "e book" or "i book" or "book" itself. hell, i shuold be getting sued because i'm using the word "book" on everything i'm talking about. facecrap is being asshole like baxter00 said.

926.8.2010 17:10

Plus the word "Teach" fits way more with "BOOK"(get it? BOOK, as in SCHOOL) than with "Face".

1026.8.2010 17:11

Billion dollar company suing a low website name teachbook, which essentially sounds a lot more helpful and useful and practical then stupid facebook. I hope somehow then end up losing money on this.

1126.8.2010 19:29

This is the greatest thing that could have happened to Teachbook. Hell, they may have even worked with Facebook to make this happen. Free publicity is hard to find. This could help put them on the map.

1226.8.2010 20:40

Isn't there a movie coming out soon about when facebook first got started and they were being sued for being too much like someone else's idea?

Nice to see that they've become the assholes that they once had to defend their selves from.

1326.8.2010 21:22

Does Facebook know that books are used a lot more for teaching than for faces?

To me it reminds me of Apple sueing or threatening to sue anyone that put a lower case i infront of iAnything.

1426.8.2010 22:00

Why don't they sue pornbook.com

1526.8.2010 23:32

Originally posted by xenomorphic:
Why don't they sue pornbook.com
Good question. If Facebook was smart they would work with Teacherbook.com and develop it as a sister site with tighter controls. Education could use a good social networking site that can be a place to share and collaborate without all the useless random crap that happens on Facebook. I work in Education IT and social networking is a hot topic and teachers have tried to petition that facebook be open and allow teachers to share facebook pages of themselves and for clubs but it is always turned down because much of what happens on facebook can be innappropriate in a school environment.

1626.8.2010 23:37

McGraw Hill should sue facebook; they created the textbook long before facebook was even possible.

1727.8.2010 0:27

This reminds me of my other favorite company, Monster Cable. They've previously sued Monster.com and Disney, because of Monster's Inc., according to this 18-month old WSJ article. Looks like Lamebook is trying to copy their business "model".

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1827.8.2010 0:36

Originally posted by xenomorphic:
Why don't they sue pornbook.com

Next thing you know, Youtube is going to sue Youporn and facebook is suing faceporn or something along that line.
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1927.8.2010 6:08

...and afterdawn will get sued by the AfterDark film festival.

2027.8.2010 9:06

the next thing we will hear is apple suing because someone wrote "I" like in "I believe" these people should watch out because Webster wrote the first book with all the words we use.. how about we sue "face-book for Webster and create an account on face-book for all to see and fallow maybe we can get a blog and a twitter account on who we should sue next and we all split the profits (bet even the R.I.A.A. lawyers would hop on this one they'll sue anyone or anything)... Face-book you are a bunch of morons.....man who ever pissed in their cornflakes and came up with that idea should be shot on a Friday so they don't get to see the weekend..... Idiots ......

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2127.8.2010 20:05

WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL-SH!T !! Money Hungry FQQLS

2228.8.2010 2:55

Accidental doublepost

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2328.8.2010 2:55

Originally posted by mystic:
the next thing we will hear is apple suing because someone wrote "I" like in "I believe" these people should watch out because Webster wrote the first book with all the words we use.. how about we sue "face-book for Webster and create an account on face-book for all to see and fallow maybe we can get a blog and a twitter account on who we should sue next and we all split the profits (bet even the R.I.A.A. lawyers would hop on this one they'll sue anyone or anything)... Face-book you are a bunch of morons.....man who ever pissed in their cornflakes and came up with that idea should be shot on a Friday so they don't get to see the weekend..... Idiots ......
I would love to see HP sue apple for the "i" naming scheme...the first "i" device made was the HP iPaq...sounds a lot like iPad if you ask me.

2428.8.2010 14:35

It was used by others I have an "I-Station" which is like a psp but its a "pmp(personal media player)the term book lets go back to this maybe we need to encourage those religious zellets to go after facebook because the holy bible (or good book was even earlier the use of coining a name or style is only as good as the product and lets face it next people will think sex or porn is a viable trademark because every one knows what those words mean.. we live in a sad state sooner or later we will run out of words to copyright and we will need random numbers and letters to sell an item will the next big thing be the "abc123-5000" lets get real people and facebook should hear us...stop starting things that piss people off why not play nice and suport others like schools maybe schools should turn up thier sonic walls and block facebook...

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2528.8.2010 23:29

Originally posted by baxter00:
Really Facebook? Do you need the money or are you just a**holes?
They have a loose teenager for a CEO. Think about it. What could be possibly more on his mind than this?

2628.8.2010 23:34

by the logic facebook is using, can i start a website with the word "the" in the title and copyright it then sue every that makes a website starting with the word "the"???.Shouldnt be able to copyright words in the english language unless you created the english language which facebook did not.


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2729.8.2010 15:53

someone should register WWW and then they could charge all websites... even a penny a page would make you rich... see there would never be an end of this madness... next someone will try to register speech in general then even write things will be tax even all our post... sad world people have forgotten what it means to earn a dollar while its easier ti sue and have some lawyer do it for you.. maybe all lawyers should take notice that lawbooks will be then next target.....

2829.8.2010 23:52

i was thinking that yesturday.just went to www.com and there its actually a site that has links..


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291.9.2010 4:15

hey I have a new website called assface.com. Your a dumbass facebook.

301.9.2010 10:39

Originally posted by toked:
Plus the word "Teach" fits way more with "BOOK"(get it? BOOK, as in SCHOOL) than with "Face".
thumbs up :)

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