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2012-03-24 07:10:29 PM  
This is why I don't like it when corporations have such a dramatic effect on our culture. Any terms that is used to describe their products tend to be trademarked and thus any publication except for criticism or parody are liable for lawsuit.
 
2012-03-24 09:16:00 PM  
Eh?

Poke?

I was using "poke" on the Internets long before Facebook came into being.
 
2012-03-24 09:17:00 PM  
Just ask Monster Cable how well such thinking worked out for them.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-03-24 09:18:25 PM  
"Maybe I was being naïve, but I thought I could convince the lawyers at Facebook that our site was totally impossible to confuse with theirs," the Placebook site owner wrote in a blog.

You can convince the lawyers, but they'll still keep suing you. They don't care if they're right.
 
2012-03-24 09:28:36 PM  
static.onemansblog.com

So I can't rap "write to myself on my facebook wall" without permission?
 
2012-03-24 09:33:37 PM  
Wasn't the word "book" around way before Facebook.

I guess if you want to make a bet, you are going to have to call your "oddsie"
 
2012-03-24 09:40:25 PM  
Fark you, Mark Zuckerberg, you slimy little piece of shiat™.
 
2012-03-24 09:44:11 PM  
superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

final four
 
2012-03-24 09:49:22 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Fark you, Mark Zuckerberg, you slimy little piece of shiat™.

 
2012-03-24 09:53:05 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Eh?

Poke?

I was using "poke" on the Internets long before Facebook came into being.


People were using the word "Facebook" before facebook.
 
2012-03-24 10:08:03 PM  
Facebook is the most obnoxious thing to happen to the internet, with Twitter being a close second.
 
2012-03-24 10:15:47 PM  
As I read it, this is part of their user agreement, not a part of trademark law. Thus, if you're not a user of facebook, you're golden!
 
2012-03-24 10:15:57 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Eh?

Poke?

I was using "poke" on the Internets long before Facebook came into being.


I prefer the older finger (new window) command. As in "I fingered my girlfriend last night."
 
2012-03-24 10:17:46 PM  
Good thing I never stepped foot on Facebook. Fark 'em.

And anyone that uses it but then biatches about the ToS? You can always get out and never use Facebook again.
 
2012-03-24 10:19:19 PM  
Just release the IPO so it can crash in value and the world will see this billion dollar corporation for what it is.
 
2012-03-24 10:19:20 PM  
I see Facebook's lawyers told them you can't trademark a number.
 
2012-03-24 10:21:22 PM  
If I use the words face or book inappropriately, will I merely face a small fine, or will they throw the book at me?
 
2012-03-24 10:22:49 PM  
That is just as stupid as someone trademarking NFSW and writing it on someone's face, in a book, on a wall, on a book that is part of the wall, on someone's face that is on a book which is literally a facebook on a wall.

/waiting for someone to trademark UFIA.
 
2012-03-24 10:22:51 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Fark you, Mark Zuckerberg, you slimy little piece of shiat™.

 
2012-03-24 10:23:32 PM  
I wouldn't mind ditching the word "face" and using "ysight"
 
2012-03-24 10:24:56 PM  
Good farking luck with that.

Next time try coming up with a name for your product/service that isn't a combination of common words.

You think Vitaminwater would have a valid claim against another drink product using vitamin or water in it's name?

No, so fark off.
 
2012-03-24 10:25:36 PM  

gweilo8888: If I use the words face or book inappropriately, will I merely face a small fine, or will they throw the book at me?


They'll throw you in the pokey.
 
2012-03-24 10:25:49 PM  
*facepalm*
 
2012-03-24 10:28:38 PM  
A lot of people in this thread need to learn how copyright works.

They're not trademarking all uses of the word book. They're trademarking it for use in the name of a social media site. This stops other social media sites calling themselves ____Book. The copyright of wall also prevents other social media sites from calling a place where people can post on someones page a wall.

All other uses of wall and book outside of a social media website are still fair game.
 
2012-03-24 10:29:20 PM  

elvisaintdead: superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

final four


MARCH MADNESS!!
 
xCh
2012-03-24 10:29:50 PM  
I think we can consider using bok, wal, and fase instead.
 
2012-03-24 10:33:12 PM  
Someone needs to start DickBook. CoontBook. PussyBook. AnyBook
 
2012-03-24 10:33:43 PM  

aerojockey: I see Facebook's lawyers told them you can't trademark a number.


Which is not entirely true. You can't trademark any old number and prevent everyone from using it. But you can trademark a number particularly associated with your product and enforce it against other users who are creating a risk of confusion. Just ask Boeing. 737 anyone? 747? Porsche's 911--I wouldn't advise using 911 in your new car model name.
 
2012-03-24 10:33:59 PM  

GhostFish: Next time try coming up with a name for your product/service that isn't a combination of common words.


It wasn't even that. A facebook was just a directory that frats and societies are Harvard (and presumably other schools) put together for their membership. Harvard was trying to set up an online facebook and Zuckerberg thought it was taking too long so he set up his own.
 
2012-03-24 10:34:28 PM  
I should have registered farcebook at some point while it was still available during that year I kept checking to see if it was still available. Now...it's already taken.

How about Farkbook? Let's have Drew and Zuck both sue me.

... what!? already taken!? fark....book....wall...
 
2012-03-24 10:34:52 PM  
And here's the link.

Link
 
2012-03-24 10:35:03 PM  
searchengineland.com

Do it.
 
2012-03-24 10:35:10 PM  

xCh: I think we can consider using bok, wal, and fase instead.


Bok Gwai Lo?
 
2012-03-24 10:35:16 PM  

Mugato: Facebook is the most obnoxious thing to happen to the internet, with Twitter being a close second.


No. Suckerberg and megacorps are obnoxious.

I find FB useful for keeping in touch with friends who are far away, Twitter useful for following designers and photographers who post tips and other bits, Pinterest just kinda a cool distraction.

In concept, all are good. Greedy assholes are not.
 
2012-03-24 10:35:46 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Benevolent Misanthrope: Fark you, Mark Zuckerberg, you slimy little piece of shiat™.

 
2012-03-24 10:35:58 PM  

themeaningoflifeisnot: Just ask Boeing. 737 anyone? 747? Porsche's 911--I wouldn't advise using 911 in your new car model name.


Boeing 911
 
2012-03-24 10:36:01 PM  
elizabethspenser.edublogs.org
Did it first.
 
2012-03-24 10:36:14 PM  
net2all.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-03-24 10:38:10 PM  
Since I have no, and will never have a Facebook account, I'm not bound by their user agreement, and they can suck my dick if they think I'm going to stop using my patented bookfacewall.

/not going with the crowd can be fun.
 
2012-03-24 10:39:58 PM  

GhostFish: Good farking luck with that.

Next time try coming up with a name for your product/service that isn't a combination of common words.

You think Vitaminwater would have a valid claim against another drink product using vitamin or water in it's name?

No, so fark off.


You think so? Try marketing "Vitaminaqua" or "Vitamin H2O" and see how fast Coca Cola comes down on your ass.
 
2012-03-24 10:41:21 PM  
F logo ... Sorry Fark.

BTW .. Poke has been in use, with the same mechanics, for 20 years ... BBS days at least.
 
2012-03-24 10:44:18 PM  
www1.pcmag.com

Do it, Zuckerberg, or you're as big a puss as they all said you were.
 
2012-03-24 10:44:38 PM  
feɪs/bʊk
 
2012-03-24 10:44:55 PM  
You can't use "poke" without their permission? I bet the guys in charge of the Pokedex are pissed.
 
2012-03-24 10:46:37 PM  
So you're saying that I can't register the domain name: applebook.M.Zaffina.com?
 
2012-03-24 10:46:45 PM  
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SCREW YOU FACEBOOKWALL!
 
2012-03-24 10:47:54 PM  

herrDrFarkenstein: [www1.pcmag.com image 150x150]

Do it, Zuckerberg, or you're as big a puss as they all said you were.


I want to see them duke it out, waste all their money and go broke.
 
2012-03-24 10:48:50 PM  
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SCREW YOU FACEBOOKWALL!


I think we can all admit that this is why we came here.
 
2012-03-24 10:49:33 PM  

Rwa2play: Good thing I never stepped foot on Facebook. Fark 'em.

And anyone that uses it but then biatches about the ToS? You can always get out and never use Facebook again.


For some, it is too late.
 
2012-03-24 10:49:51 PM  

elvisaintdead: superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

final four


s-ak.buzzfed.com
 
2012-03-24 10:50:14 PM  
I bet this has only one reason for being news. f*ckbook.
 
2012-03-24 10:50:35 PM  
We'll call them popplers

images.wikia.com
 
2012-03-24 10:50:41 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: I_Am_Weasel: Eh?

Poke?

I was using "poke" on the Internets long before Facebook came into being.

I prefer the older finger (new window) command. As in "I fingered my girlfriend last night."


Came for the fingering, leaving satisfied.

/Used to finger people looking for their .plan
//id Software people leaked stuff all the time that way
 
2012-03-24 10:53:34 PM  
nice. I totally forgot about the 'finger' command.
 
2012-03-24 10:54:27 PM  

themeaningoflifeisnot: GhostFish: Good farking luck with that.

Next time try coming up with a name for your product/service that isn't a combination of common words.

You think Vitaminwater would have a valid claim against another drink product using vitamin or water in it's name?

No, so fark off.

You think so? Try marketing "Vitaminaqua" or "Vitamin H2O" and see how fast Coca Cola comes down on your ass.


http://www.nutrientwater.com.au/ (new window)
 
2012-03-24 10:55:34 PM  
And here's another reason that Mark Zuckerberg and his data farm can suck a wet fart out of my ass.
 
2012-03-24 10:56:52 PM  
Poke-mon?
I think that might have something to say about that poke as well.
 
2012-03-24 10:57:11 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Fark you, Mark Zuckerberg, you slimy little piece of shiat™.


Someone needs to smash his face between a book and a wall.
 
2012-03-24 10:58:40 PM  

ChrisDe: elvisaintdead: superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

superbowl
olympics

final four

[s-ak.buzzfed.com image 219x200]


i41.tinypic.com
 
2012-03-24 10:58:53 PM  
images.cheezburger.com
 
2012-03-24 10:58:59 PM  
How about "NSFW"? That's still safe, right?

*running from Drew noises*
 
2012-03-24 11:00:12 PM  

futura.edublogs.org
(clicky for vid)


/now un-air-able?
 
2012-03-24 11:00:16 PM  

here to help: How about "NSFW"? That's still safe, right?


not for work
 
2012-03-24 11:00:29 PM  
This ju$t in Facebook i$n't about you or about Facebook. It'$ about whoring data for a$ much money as po$$ible and being able to have Bill Gate$ on $peed dial.
 
2012-03-24 11:01:30 PM  

medius: here to help: How about "NSFW"? That's still safe, right?

not for work


Good thing I don't have a job.

Laaaaaadies... bring on the tits.
 
2012-03-24 11:01:35 PM  

bunner: And here's another reason that Mark Zuckerberg and his data farm can suck a wet fart out of my ass.


And this.
 
2012-03-24 11:02:38 PM  

bunner: This ju$t in Facebook i$n't about you or about Facebook. It'$ about whoring data for a$ much money as po$$ible and being able to have Bill Gate$ on $peed dial.


You misspelled "the product is you".
 
2012-03-24 11:04:48 PM  
cache.ohinternet.com
 
2012-03-24 11:06:00 PM  
Uh Facebook guys. they should have told you when you go on the bus... it's a short trip so enjoy it while it lasts. Make your mountain of money and be prepared to go home when people move on to the next stupid thing.

This shiat just makes you look bad.
 
2012-03-24 11:06:02 PM  
www.showbiz411.com
I wonder what the followers of the Book of Mormon will say about this one? I should stock up on my popcorn and Twizzlers for this one. Can you have a face in your ads, or will that be attacked too?
 
2012-03-24 11:06:41 PM  
www.bibleplaces.com

Just hope THEY don't come after FB for copyright...
 
2012-03-24 11:09:47 PM  

Mentat: I_Am_Weasel: Eh?

Poke?

I was using "poke" on the Internets long before Facebook came into being.

People were using the word "Facebook" before facebook.


img.anongallery.org
 
2012-03-24 11:10:05 PM  

wildcardjack: [www.bibleplaces.com image 400x300]

Just hope THEY don't come after FB for copyright...


[snicker]
 
2012-03-24 11:11:21 PM  

missiv: [www.showbiz411.com image 515x325]
I wonder what the followers of the Book of Mormon will say about this one? I should stock up on my popcorn and Twizzlers for this one. Can you have a face in your ads, or will that be attacked too?


That's not a competing product.
 
2012-03-24 11:11:40 PM  

FriarReb98: Just ask Monster Cable how well such thinking worked out for them.


t0.gstatic.com

Gets the first word in.
 
2012-03-24 11:12:06 PM  
March Madness!
March Madness!
March Madness!

Olympics!
Olympics!
Olympics!

Superbowl!
Superbowl!
Superbowl!

Final Four!
Final Four!
Final Four!

Though I know I should be wary
Still I venture someplace scary
Ghostly haunting I turn loose.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Bettlejuice

Only it summons lawyers.
 
2012-03-24 11:14:32 PM  
I'm calling FAIR USE!

www.simplyzesty.com

Come at me, bro. LOOK AT IT
 
2012-03-24 11:15:02 PM  
There's some domain names up for grabs.

Pokebook

Facewall

Bookface

Wallbook
 
2012-03-24 11:15:07 PM  
Imagine if this sort of thinking had been around 100 years ago?

No, you can't call your train service a "railroad". I own "railroad". I had the first one and nobody else can call it that.
 
2012-03-24 11:15:29 PM  

GhostFish: themeaningoflifeisnot: GhostFish: Good farking luck with that.

Next time try coming up with a name for your product/service that isn't a combination of common words.

You think Vitaminwater would have a valid claim against another drink product using vitamin or water in it's name?

No, so fark off.

You think so? Try marketing "Vitaminaqua" or "Vitamin H2O" and see how fast Coca Cola comes down on your ass.

http://www.nutrientwater.com.au/ (new window)


Just depends on whether Coke thinks that Nutrient Water causes a risk of confusion with Vitamin Water in Vitamin Water's market. Vitaminaqua and Vitamin H20 are arguably much closer to that line than Nutrient Water. And other things apply, like Australian trademark law. It may well be that Coke is not positioned to win that battle in Australia. But I certainly wouldn't want to start up Vitamin H20 in the U.S. after Vitamin Water is already established in the same market.
 
2012-03-24 11:20:44 PM  
Frankly, I don't blame Zuck, he is a prick and all but it seems like his lawyers are just trying to bleed every billable hour they can get out of the company.
 
2012-03-24 11:22:12 PM  

chitownmike: lawyers are just trying to bleed every billable hour they can get out of the company.


it's our ethical duty as lawyers to milk every last cent out of a case and client

it's in the Bible or something
 
2012-03-24 11:25:04 PM  
I guess I'm in deep shiat for making this one.

imgboot.com
 
2012-03-24 11:25:06 PM  

Person: March Madness!
March Madness!
March Madness!

Olympics!
Olympics!
Olympics!

Superbowl!
Superbowl!
Superbowl!

Final Four!
Final Four!
Final Four!

Though I know I should be wary
Still I venture someplace scary
Ghostly haunting I turn loose.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Bettlejuice

Only it summons lawyers.


Just mentioning a trademarked word or phrase in a blog posting would not normally be trademark infringement. Theories such as non-commercial use, fair use, parody use determine whether any infringement has occurred.
 
2012-03-24 11:27:15 PM  

LectertheChef: There's some domain names up for grabs.

Pokebook

Facewall

Bookface

Wallbook


Anyone who snags those is gonna get Zaffina'd.

*reads article*

So if I never log into my FB account again that means I'm out of range of this cocksuckery, right?

i don't actually think this will hold up in court all that well... it's probably just to intimidate small timers.
 
2012-03-24 11:27:30 PM  

Twigz221: A lot of people in this thread need to learn how copyright works.

They're not trademarking all uses of the word book. They're trademarking it for use in the name of a social media site. This stops other social media sites calling themselves ____Book. The copyright of wall also prevents other social media sites from calling a place where people can post on someones page a wall.

All other uses of wall and book outside of a social media website are still fair game.


I can't tell if people in here are willfully ignorant or what. The word "book" didn't have the specialized meaning that it does now before Facebook, it's as simple as that. Anyone trying to use the term in a similar fashion in a company name is doing so only because of Facebook.

And "Placebook"? Seriously? Would the name have ever entered their mind (and would they have ever chosen it) had Facebook not existed? Extremely doubtful.


The only thing I wonder about is the term "wall." Anyone know what it was called on Myspace before the advent of Facebook?
 
2012-03-24 11:30:31 PM  
Ya, I'm going to call prior art on this one.
 
2012-03-24 11:31:51 PM  
I'm going to call this great news for farks friends over at visagecompendium.com
 
2012-03-24 11:34:33 PM  

turbidum: Twigz221: A lot of people in this thread need to learn how copyright works.

They're not trademarking all uses of the word book. They're trademarking it for use in the name of a social media site. This stops other social media sites calling themselves ____Book. The copyright of wall also prevents other social media sites from calling a place where people can post on someones page a wall.

All other uses of wall and book outside of a social media website are still fair game.

I can't tell if people in here are willfully ignorant or what. The word "book" didn't have the specialized meaning that it does now before Facebook, it's as simple as that. Anyone trying to use the term in a similar fashion in a company name is doing so only because of Facebook.

And "Placebook"? Seriously? Would the name have ever entered their mind (and would they have ever chosen it) had Facebook not existed? Extremely doubtful.


The only thing I wonder about is the term "wall." Anyone know what it was called on Myspace before the advent of Facebook?



Bullshiat. Walls were used for posting loooooong before the internet ever came around. Outside of the word "facebook", FB should have no right to copyright that shiat.

www.ci.temple-city.ca.us

...

It's this crap all over again and it was idiotic the first time it came around.

...
 
2012-03-24 11:35:52 PM  
People still use Facebook?
 
2012-03-24 11:37:22 PM  
I created the concept of the "graffiti wall" on my BBS in the early 1980s. Should I sue Facebook, claiming prior art?
 
2012-03-24 11:42:42 PM  

medius: chitownmike: lawyers are just trying to bleed every billable hour they can get out of the company.

it's our ethical duty as lawyers to milk every last cent out of a case and client

it's in the Bible or something


Luke 11:45-52

One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also." And he said, "Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,' ...
 
2012-03-24 11:42:52 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Eh?

Poke?

I was using "poke" on the Internets long before Facebook came into being.


Peek and Poke probably predate the internet.
 
2012-03-24 11:45:44 PM  
What a big steaming pile of Zuckerberg.
 
2012-03-24 11:46:51 PM  

turbidum: Twigz221: A lot of people in this thread need to learn how copyright works.

They're not trademarking all uses of the word book. They're trademarking it for use in the name of a social media site. This stops other social media sites calling themselves ____Book. The copyright of wall also prevents other social media sites from calling a place where people can post on someones page a wall.

All other uses of wall and book outside of a social media website are still fair game.

I can't tell if people in here are willfully ignorant or what. The word "book" didn't have the specialized meaning that it does now before Facebook, it's as simple as that. Anyone trying to use the term in a similar fashion in a company name is doing so only because of Facebook.

And "Placebook"? Seriously? Would the name have ever entered their mind (and would they have ever chosen it) had Facebook not existed? Extremely doubtful.


The only thing I wonder about is the term "wall." Anyone know what it was called on Myspace before the advent of Facebook?


Do I think that the people at Christiesbooks are realistically confusing their bookkeeping services with services offered by facebook? Do I think that the people at ebook.com think that facebook, though also in digital media, has anything to do with the sale of digitized literature? This is every bit as retarded as some of the Microsoft claims for generic terms
 
2012-03-24 11:48:34 PM  

selrah: medius: chitownmike: lawyers are just trying to bleed every billable hour they can get out of the company.

it's our ethical duty as lawyers to milk every last cent out of a case and client

it's in the Bible or something

Luke 11:45-52

One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also." And he said, "Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,' ...


biatchin'!
 
2012-03-24 11:50:13 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Fark you, Mark Zuckerberg, you slimy little piece of shiat™.

 
2012-03-24 11:50:36 PM  
26.media.tumblr.com

Book wall.
 
2012-03-24 11:51:27 PM  

Person: March Madness!
March Madness!
March Madness!

Olympics!
Olympics!
Olympics!

Superbowl!
Superbowl!
Superbowl!

Final Four!
Final Four!
Final Four!

Though I know I should be wary
Still I venture someplace scary
Ghostly haunting I turn loose.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Bettlejuice

Only it summons lawyers.


Just be careful not to use Candlejack because th
 
2012-03-24 11:57:19 PM  
Didn't Spike Lee try this with Spike TV and got his ass handed to him, plus court costs and attorney's fees?
 
2012-03-24 11:58:44 PM  

firefly212: This is every bit as retarded as some of the Microsoft claims for generic terms


An oldie but a goodie:

Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeroes (new window)
 
2012-03-24 11:58:52 PM  
Monsonto has patented the word the. Tread lightly.
 
2012-03-25 12:01:21 AM  
Anyone see any trouble with my social networking site named countenanceparchment.com ?

I just developed a Thrust feature to allow users to notify Acquaintances of their interest in them. Once acquainted one may scribe upon their Embankment.
 
2012-03-25 12:04:09 AM  
Looks like the lawyers already took out assbook.com. :(
 
2012-03-25 12:06:20 AM  

firefly212: Do I think that the people at Christiesbooks are realistically confusing their bookkeeping services with services offered by facebook? Do I think that the people at ebook.com think that facebook, though also in digital media, has anything to do with the sale of digitized literature? This is every bit as retarded as some of the Microsoft claims for generic terms


Quick test:

Does Christiesbooks.com utilize the meaning of book that Facebook employs? No.
Could their name lead to confusion for consumers, thinking that Facebook is somehow involved? No.

Thus, they would (or should) be allowed to use Christiesbooks.com.

Does ebook.com utilize the meaning of book that Facebook employs? No.
Could their name lead to confusion for consumers, thinking that Facebook is somehow involved? No.

Thus, they would (or should) be allowed to use ebooks.com.

What people in this thread seem to not understand is that they're not allowed to claim copyright over every single instance of book or face or wall, just the ones that are clearly modeled after their company and its intellectual property.
 
2012-03-25 12:07:05 AM  

FriarReb98: Just ask Monster Cable how well such thinking worked out for them.


It worked out very much in their favor. Your point?
 
2012-03-25 12:07:20 AM  

apachevoyeur: Looks like the lawyers already took out assbook.com. :(

 
2012-03-25 12:08:08 AM  

ununcle: Monsonto has patented the word the. Tread lightly.


But I bought the genetically modified "the" seeds, so I'm OK, right?
 
2012-03-25 12:09:35 AM  

medius: apachevoyeur: Looks like the lawyers already took out assbook.com. :(


medius, you hotlinking sonofabiatch!

i43.tinypic.com
 
2012-03-25 12:23:36 AM  
FARK should copyright FARK, ARK, RK, and K
 
2012-03-25 12:25:24 AM  
[imokaywiththis.jpg]

If it means that piece of shiat goes away sooner I'm glad to abstain.
 
2012-03-25 12:25:59 AM  

newton: FARK should copyright FARK, ARK, RK, and K


You forgot F, FA, and FAR
 
2012-03-25 12:27:53 AM  
Face

Book


(crickets)
 
2012-03-25 12:29:01 AM  

fustanella: I created the concept of the "graffiti wall" on my BBS in the early 1980s. Should I sue Facebook, claiming prior art?


Yes, I Dropped a lot on those walls at 2400baud.
 
2012-03-25 12:39:53 AM  
sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-03-25 12:55:55 AM  
Seriously? So now we're going to pretend websites haven't had "guestbooks" for the last fifteen years?
 
2012-03-25 01:11:00 AM  
I'm on holiday. So Facebook and Wall crap is invalid.
But I do check in from time to time to see what my Farker friends are enraged about.

not disappointed

/wish you were here
 
2012-03-25 01:14:43 AM  
Someday all this legal mumbo-jumbo is going to get out of hand.
 
2012-03-25 01:30:48 AM  

hestheone: Someday all this legal mumbo-jumbo is going to get out of hand.


It's not?
 
2012-03-25 01:51:42 AM  
farm6.staticflickr.com

What a "facebook" may look like?
 
2012-03-25 01:57:21 AM  
www.ethannonsequitur.com
 
2012-03-25 01:58:13 AM  
img823.imageshack.us
 
2012-03-25 02:00:24 AM  

Jynxed: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 500x375]

What a "facebook" may look like?


That's either the Necronomicon from Evil Dead or a drug fueled reimagining of a Thomp from Mario Brothers.
 
2012-03-25 02:52:39 AM  
The pervasive scariness of facebook hit me today when I found myself on a recipe site where the comments were from facebook.
I wonder if those people know that? I guess they understand that their comments are viewable by everyone but do they know that this means that their comments will spread to other, non-facebook sites as well?
 
2012-03-25 02:58:54 AM  
Someone should repeatedly slam Zuckerberg's face into a wall.
 
2012-03-25 03:14:01 AM  

Saturn5: [www.ethannonsequitur.com image 450x360]


I'm a good little piggy.

Try the sausage.
 
2012-03-25 03:16:49 AM  
I hope my new social networking site for Spoonerists, basefook.com, won't get me into trouble.
 
2012-03-25 03:17:21 AM  
i'm posting howlin' wolf on facebook walls right now and enjoying these replies

suck it, mark
 
2012-03-25 03:37:12 AM  
FTFA: "You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Wall and 32665), or any confusingly similar marks, without our written permission."

Well, that submission is no longer available, so I think Fark is safe there.
 
2012-03-25 04:10:34 AM  
I still say Mark Zuckerberg has one of those faces that just BEGS to be punched.

/him and Ryan Kelly.
 
2012-03-25 04:27:07 AM  

apachevoyeur: newton: FARK should copyright FARK, ARK, RK, and K

You forgot F, FA, and FAR


Farmk

/remspect
 
2012-03-25 04:27:43 AM  
I suspect that as long as folks are allowed to touch themselves inappropriately to pictures of underage women on F***book, F***book will get whatever they want.

Not that I do that. I have a stick up my ass that prevents me from having fun or acting normally.
 
2012-03-25 04:32:15 AM  
i.imgur.com

Your face, my wall, what's up?
 
2012-03-25 04:47:46 AM  
Ha, I've been booking face for years so like poke yourself in the wall.
 
2012-03-25 06:51:36 AM  
My new site, Facefark™.
 
2012-03-25 06:54:40 AM  

newton: FARK should copyright FARK, ARK, RK, and K


Too site-specific. Fark should trademark NSFW.
 
2012-03-25 08:02:05 AM  
The lady that trademarked the word "Hon" in Baltimore almost lost her restaurant and is very well hated, even after she gave up the trademark.

Monster Cable has been mocked incessantly for their frivolous lawsuits to any company with the word "monster" in its name.

When will businesses learn that yes, you can trademark and copy write common vernacular, but that does not mean you should? Sure, you may make a few bucks from your shakedown lawsuits, but public perception of your company and losses from that will far outweigh your gains in the courts.
 
2012-03-25 08:32:03 AM  
all in all it's just another
face in the wall
 
2012-03-25 08:36:23 AM  
This could surely end the Recession as we know it. Zuckerberg's little fortune could find its way in to the coffers of every court in the land, large and small. All that has to happen is for the Empire to pay court costs from everyone suing for emotional damage and the fear of liability for just logining into f*ceb**k™.

//not that Fark has any links on this page.
 
2012-03-25 09:02:43 AM  
Did no one read the Harvard newsletter linked above?

Everyone at Harvard referred to each Frat's social webpage (pics of all the members) as that respective Frat's "facebook". Zuckerberg stole all the copyrighted pictures and created a "rate-me" photo site called "facesmash".
 
2012-03-25 09:30:35 AM  

Twigz221: A lot of people in this thread need to learn how copyright works.


...from someone who doesn't know the difference between copyright and trademark?
 
2012-03-25 09:53:03 AM  

Endive Wombat


The lady that trademarked the word "Hon" in Baltimore almost lost her restaurant and is very well hated, even after she gave up the trademark.


As well she should be. One may as well to go Ontario and try to trademark "eh".
 
2012-03-25 09:55:20 AM  

Porous Horace: The pervasive scariness of facebook hit me today when I found myself on a recipe site where the comments were from facebook.
I wonder if those people know that? I guess they understand that their comments are viewable by everyone but do they know that this means that their comments will spread to other, non-facebook sites as well?


That could create some out-of-context situations.
 
2012-03-25 10:06:25 AM  

aerojockey: I see Facebook's lawyers told them you can't trademark a number.


Which I found to be endlessly amusing, since Peugeot gave Porsche the stink-eye for wanting to name their new car a three-digit number with a 0 in the middle, something that was a staple of Peugeot model naming.

So, Porsche shrugged, figured it's just a project number, and renamed the 901 to 911.

/misses numbered processor numbers, can't keep names straight
 
2012-03-25 10:11:22 AM  
read teh farking article you morons.
 
2012-03-25 10:17:40 AM  

DrippinBalls: Someone needs to start DickBook. CoontBook. PussyBook. AnyBook


My e-mail address is apparently one misspelling away from the address for someone who uses SexBook and lost their password, and repeatedly tried to get it back.

That, or the site has a really innovative marketing campaign - e-mailing random people with "lost password" reverification links.

/didn't find out
 
2012-03-25 10:43:56 AM  

Endive Wombat: The lady that trademarked the word "Hon" in Baltimore almost lost her restaurant and is very well hated, even after she gave up the trademark.

Monster Cable has been mocked incessantly for their frivolous lawsuits to any company with the word "monster" in its name.

When will businesses learn that yes, you can trademark and copy write common vernacular, but that does not mean you should? Sure, you may make a few bucks from your shakedown lawsuits, but public perception of your company and losses from that will far outweigh your gains in the courts.


The difference is that the Baltimore woman (in my opinion) added no value whatsoever to the word "hon." Not only that, but she threatened to sue anyone using "hon," not just other restaurants. No one using the word "hon" was ever infringing on her ability to do business, nor were they using it BECAUSE she used it (which is the case in many of these cases with Facebook).

Monster cables, too, are full of shiat.

I'm not saying Facebook is clean in all of this, as I'm sure they're overly litigious and have a scary arsenal of lawyers. That said, they have a right to defend their copyright.

/I can't believe no one ever sued to challenge that Baltimore woman's copyright, but I saw on an episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" that she gave it up when no one would eat at her restaurant anymore because she was such a giant, gaping coont. Even then, she still didn't seem to understand that she did anything wrong.
 
2012-03-25 10:48:59 AM  
can i still go to my library to check out a certain book(tm)?
 
2012-03-25 11:02:24 AM  

zarberg: I still say Mark Zuckerberg has one of those faces that just BEGS to be punched.

/him and Ryan Kelly.


I don't know how accurate "The Social Network" was, but by the end of that movie, I wanted to throw Zuckerberg out a window. "You're not an asshole Mark, you just try to be." Um, no, he actually was an asshole in that movie. Even the snobbish Harvard twins were more sympathetic.
 
2012-03-25 11:06:28 AM  
www.examiner.com

facewall
 
2012-03-25 11:32:24 AM  
I like to go through threads like this and farky everyone who confuses copyright, trademark, and patents. It's a great way to separate out the chaff from the wheat.
 
2012-03-25 11:41:07 AM  
looky here, an IP lolyer

patent trollin'?
 
2012-03-25 12:02:11 PM  

Theaetetus: I like to go through threads like this and farky everyone who confuses copyright, trademark, and patents. It's a great way to separate out the chaff from the wheat.


To be fair, I did learn something about the differences recently.
 
2012-03-25 12:29:55 PM  
Does this mean my idea for "www.twofacebook.com" where 'friends' can stab each other in the back is a no go? Damn them!
 
2012-03-25 12:46:59 PM  

DocTrippy: Does this mean my idea for "www.twofacebook.com" where 'friends' can stab each other in the back is a no go? Damn them!


What about the savingface book, where people akwardly attempt to smooth over social faux pas with a quiet, refrained demeanor?
 
2012-03-25 01:53:49 PM  

Somaticasual: DocTrippy: Does this mean my idea for "www.twofacebook.com" where 'friends' can stab each other in the back is a no go? Damn them!

What about the savingface book, where people akwardly attempt to smooth over social faux pas with a quiet, refrained demeanor?


Or Face Bookkeeper, blog that follows Templeton Peck's attempts to live a normal post-mercenary life as an accountant?
 
2012-03-25 06:34:43 PM  

Mentat: Somaticasual: DocTrippy: Does this mean my idea for "www.twofacebook.com" where 'friends' can stab each other in the back is a no go? Damn them!

What about the savingface book, where people akwardly attempt to smooth over social faux pas with a quiet, refrained demeanor?

Or Face Bookkeeper, blog that follows Templeton Peck's attempts to live a normal post-mercenary life as an accountant?


Or FaceSitter, where friends post close-up pix of their lady parts?
 
2012-03-25 06:37:08 PM  
Anyone remember, Face The Jury?
I wonder.
 
2012-03-25 06:43:37 PM  

medius: chitownmike: lawyers are just trying to bleed every billable hour they can get out of the company.

it's our ethical duty as lawyers to milk every last cent out of a case and client

it's in the Bible or something


...did you just make fun of yourself?...are you...a lawyer...with a sense of humor? About the unsavory public opinion his own profession?

/I think I'm just going to go back to bed.
 
2012-03-25 07:31:20 PM  

Twigz221: A lot of people in this thread need to learn how copyright works.

They're not trademarking all uses of the word book. They're trademarking it for use in the name of a social media site. This stops other social media sites calling themselves ____Book. The copyright of wall also prevents other social media sites from calling a place where people can post on someones page a wall.

All other uses of wall and book outside of a social media website are still fair game.


I'm not so sure about that.

Facebook has had mixed results when asserting trademark rights over "book" in court. Facebook's lawsuit against "Teachbook" is still pending. Facebook settled a suit it filed against Lamebook, allowing the parody site to continue operating. Facebook gained control of a porn site domain called "FacebookOfSex.com." A travel site called Placebook changed its name in 2010, choosing not to fight-no surprise given the large expense of litigation.

None of those sites were for social mingling.
 
2012-03-25 08:53:04 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: Or FaceSitter, where friends post close-up pix of their lady parts?


I can also see a german variety that fark's filters wouldn't allow..
 
2012-03-25 10:34:45 PM  
Drew:

Start Farkbook, please!


Best regards,
Shimagaijin
 
2012-03-25 10:44:37 PM  
i41.tinypic.com
 
2012-03-25 11:36:25 PM  
Obligatory (new window)
 
2012-03-26 09:37:41 AM  
three-peat
 
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