Jews For Jesus Go After Google

    December 22, 2005

A Christian evangelical group known as Jews For Jesus filed suit against Google in federal district court claiming a blog hosted through Blogspot (a Google property) infringes on the group’s trademark.

The case was filed in U.S. District Court in New York on Wednesday and is attempting to force Google to relinquish control of the site and wants unspecified damages.

Reuters quoted Susan Perlman, associate executive director, saying, “We have a right to our own name and Google has allowed the use of our name on Blogspot without permission. Our reputation is at stake.”

The only question one wonders about here is why a suit is being filed for a blog that hasn’t had an entry since May 9th, and only three entries total at that. After reviewing the site, some of the comments are critical of the JewsForJesus organization. Perlman said it wasn’t about the critical side.

She told Reuters, “One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that there is freedom of expression, but there should be protection so that organizations like ours can represent ourselves.”

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.