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

Facebook claims a right to trademark the word "book" in its updated Statement of R&R

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Mar 28, 2012 3:11 pm

The word on the street is that Facebook, in all of its glory, doesn't want me to use its name... That's right, in Facebook's updated version of its "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities," its trying to assert a trademark on the word "book." This is pretty ridiculous. It's like someone trying to trademark the work "car."

 

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An excerpt from the revision details the change:

 

You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Book and Wall)

 

By this, I can no longer "poke" someone, have a "wall," or read a "book" because I have agreed to these terms when I logged into Facebook. I see the need for someone to protect their brand, but at a point, it becomes pretty ridiculous. And in this case, I believe we have hit that point of ridiculousness.

 

It's about time for me to gather up what little privacy I have left and deactivate my Facebook account, and protect myself from being sued for using common words the next time I make a post somewhere. Just remember, don't sign our guestbook, because it contains the word "book," it's now trademark infringement.

NEWS SOURCES:Arstechnica.com

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