Facebook Sues Educator Networking Site for Using 'Book' in Name

Facebook sued a website for educators called Teachbook, saying that Facebook owns the name "book" when it comes to social networking websites.

"Misappropriating the distinctive book portion of Facebook's trademark, defendant has created its own competing online networking community in a blatant attempt to become a Facebook for teachers," Facebook said in a filing in a federal court in San Francisco.

The lawsuit seeks damages from Teachbook, and asks a judge to order Teachbook to stop using "book" in its name.

"Teachbook folks are free to create an online network for teachers or whomever, and we wish them well in that endeavor," Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told Wired.com. "What they are not free to do is trade on our name or dilute our brand while doing so."

Teachbook calls itself a "professional community for teachers," where educators can share lesson plans and instructional videos, Wired.com said.


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Andrijana

Those legal things are becoming more and more ridiculous. Like "Process" (or whatever is english translation) in Kafka's book (ops, I used that word, will they sue me for that?!) Controlling even what word will be used in some new-made, compound word? Who has those rights to forbid anyone from using word(s) or, money can and, will buy, even that? Isn't it going, kind of, too far? Then they can sue all people of this nation, whenever someone open his mouth and say word "book", (which is obviously used really scarcely, lately so, no serious need to worry.) Buy the way, who needs educators? Down with them! Dumb down everyone and use word "book" just for funny, social networking that doesn't really teach us anything but, stupid abbreviations, slang, and give us chance to share collective stupidity, with rare exceptions. Did anyone lately checked wall of his/her kid(s) and, if he/she did, was there really, anything intelligent to be found?

August 25 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dzwillinc

That's it, I will now delete my fb acct. and urge eveyone to do the same, these corporate ass' along with every other corporation are eroding our rights while sponsoring our Government which in turn sponsors Racism, Illegal Aliens, special interest and profitering by huge corporations. Enough.

August 25 2010 at 9:31 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply