Facebook has been on a rampage as of late, attempting to squash any and all social networking websites that uses either “face” or “book” in its title. For example, Teachbook, a website oriented towards educations, and Shagbook, a site dedicated to helping adults find dates, have been in the company’s crosshairs for a while now, though, as of this writing, both are still alive and well on the web. With this latest court ruling, Facebook’s quest to pummel its competitors hits another roadblock.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled against Facebook’s desire to shut down the Norwegian website Faceporn, a company that bills itself as “the number one socializing porn and sex network”. According to Judge White, Faceporn isn’t attempting to lure Facebook users away from the site, effectively derailing Mark Zuckerberg and company’s mission to stop other companies from profiting off of their brand.
On an interesting note, the court documents showed that Facebook owns ten trademarks, with another seventeen waiting in the wings. So if you’re thinking about incorporating the word “wall” into your latest business venture, you might want to think twice. The company owns the trademark for that, as well.
Facebook has yet to comment on the ruling. Given that they could still take their case to Norway, I doubt you’ll hear them chime in on the lawsuit anytime soon.