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Facebook asserts trademark on word "book" in new user agreement

Facebook is trying to expand its trademark rights over the word "book" by adding the claim to a newly revised version of its "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities," the agreement all users implicitly consent to by using or accessing Facebook.

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Lord_Sloth1713d ago

I shall use all 3, and if I am banned for it, I shall simply say "fuck it" and spread that to my friends. I never use the site anyway.

Speed-Racer1713d ago

The author kinda made a mess of that story. What I think she meant was, if the words were used in a business title of a website or company that acted as a competitor or some other similar industry within the field of social networking. E.g. If i decided to open a dating site called Hotbook, that would be a violation. Otherwise, they can't sue you.

Lord_Sloth1713d ago

So what if I created a social network site called "Bookbook" that would be a violation but if it were a site for reading books I'd be good?

Speed-Racer1713d ago (Edited 1713d ago )

@Lord - Honestly I can't say, but I wouldn't think you'd have an issue since it's a different type of establishment (book viewing vs social network). I think it's limited to the realm of social networking.

In addition, I am not sure how it may apply to apps that are made for Facebook. If you open a book viewing store using a FB app, maybe the law might apply...but I'm no lawyer, so I dunno.

KingPin1713d ago

thats utter bullshit.

its like megagames.com saying that no other sites/users on their site can use the word "games" in it. WTF!!!

this is what they mean when they say absolute power corrupts absolutely everyone.

Septic1713d ago

Hmmm maybe this is good news. Maybe this way I can stop getting spam emails asking me to join f*ckbook and meet local singles up for sex.

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kasasensei1713d ago

Nest step. Do not use the word "internet".

KingPin1713d ago

if they wanna play this game, screw em. im patenting all the vowels. if they use A, E, I, O, U in any form il sue em. as it is, apple has dibs on "i".