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Google’s trademark lawyers are gearing up to take on a new foe in the intellectual property arena: JewTube. No, that’s not a typo.

There’s not a lot of information available at the US Patent and Trademark Office website other than Google’s intent to file opposition to Netparty LLC’s use of the mark JewTube for its similarity to and potential for confusion with YouTube.

I know, you make that mistake all the time.

Netparty appears to specialize in offline cocktail parties, so it’s unclear why they’re involved here, unless they’re taking their real-world social networking business digital – which would make sense – JewTube being its maiden online video network – which, kind of wouldn’t. But NetParty has been involved in organizing Jewish singles parties, so stranger things have happened.

Regardless, a quick Google search brings definite confusion about which JewTube, exactly, the company is taking aim at.

JewTube.co.uk brings up a site that looks exactly like YouTube, offering a place for Jews and converted Gentiles to "broadcast yo’self." But closer examination reveals that the site doesn’t actually function and that both featured "videos" are thumbnails of MC Rebbe the Rapping Rabbi.

Clicking them, or anywhere on the site, takes you to his blog, where the Jewish comedian spends most of his time talking about burlesque shows.

Hardee-har-har. File this one under blatant parody, safe from litigation. Matisyahu, the unbelievably talented Hasidic reggae artist, is safe from being dethroned in the rabbinic entertainment realm as well.

JewTube.com would seem a more sensible target, a video-sharing site established by Jeremy Kossen who, according to the JewTube "About" page, was "frustrated with the absence of a Jewish-oriented video sharing website."

Apparently though, Google thinks that’s not, um, kosher.

Google Opposes JewTube
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  • Mekhong Kurt

    I happen to be a pretty big fan of Google, but this complaint is nonsensical, at least in the real world outside a court (which I have to add since I haven’t the faintest idea if Google has a legal leg to stand on). And no, I’m not Jewish, but if someone wants to aim a site at Jews interested in certain activities, well, why not? Besides, it’s ludicrous to suppose anyone is likely to confuse the “Jew” in “JewTube” with the “You” in “YouTube.”

    • homer

      I bet Googles just mad about losing Gmail in Germany. Those evil Nazis!

    • george

      C’mon, what’s next sue every other jewtube domain name around the world? Who gave google the commercial license to own the internet around the world? I reckon intellectual property right is going too far for big internet company. I thought the internet business was a game of chance|

  • http://www.albrightstoddard.com Las Vegas Lawyer

    No, the complaint is very valid.  The site looks exactly like YouTube, they even used the exact same logo.  This is a clear case of trying to profit from the good-will of another company.

    I doubt they need my help though ;-)

    Mark

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  • http://www.melvinnashlaw.com Marc in Atlanta

    every video site that has been popping up lately has “tube” in the name. its part of pop culture now and they are just wasting money and court time.

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    I can’t see what the big fuss is about. after all im sure that JewTube would be used mostly by Israelis. Hence it wouldn’t really be a global contender.

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