Teachbook Says it Doesn’t Know Why Facebook Wants to Impede Teaching

    August 30, 2010
    Chris Crum

Update: See comments section for comment from Facebook.

Original Article: WebProNews reached out to both Teachbook and Facebook for comment on the suit the latter has filed against the former. So far, we’ve only heard back from Teachbook.

In case you’re not familiar with the story, Facebook is suing a company called Teachbook, which operates a social networking site for teachers, apparently because it has "book" in its name and "competes" with Facebook. Teachbook is described as "a professional community for teachers".

"We were unaware the Facebook owned the Internet or the term ‘book,’" Teachbook Managing Partner Greg Shrader tells WebProNews. "We believe that they are wrong on the merits of their case, especially because the United States Patent and Trademark Office approve our trademark application for Teachbook and informed us that ‘book’ is a generic term which cannot be trademarked. We believe this is why they elected to file a suit in federal court and take their opposition out of the trademark office. They simply can’t win on the merits of their trademark objection."

"Teachbook is a suite of productivity tools for teachers," Shrader explains. "It allows teachers to design and share lesson plans, instructional videos, online courses. It also allows teachers to keep online gradebooks, communicate with parents, and share ideas with one another."

Teachbook - A professional community for teachers

"In short it is designed to allow teachers to improve teaching and learning in the classroom," he continues. "We don’t know why Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg want to get in the way of that."

"And we don’t believe that potential Facebook users who are looking to share pictures and socialize with their old high school buddies could be confused by a site designed for teachers," he concludes.

Based on the responses we’ve gotten from our previous article on the subject, it would appear that the general public (for the most part) agrees. What do you think? Comment here.

We’ll update when we receive comment from Facebook.


Chris Crum
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