Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Facebook goes after analysis-app site based on silly trademark claim


Electronic Frontier Foundation has an article, by Daniel Nazer, indicating that Facebook demanded that an third party analysis site based on Facebook, called “Whatsherface-book.com” (link) be taken down, as infringing on its trademark.  EFF easily argues that the First Amendment protects the “nominative” use of trademarks and domain names in third party criticism.  (Does first amendment protection work the same way with trademark as with copyright?)
    
However, if you go to the site, the site says a change in the Facebook API makes the site unworkable anyway. However, it posts the statistical results (for how well people really know their “friends”) for the time the site was up.  

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