Facebook, the number one social networking site on the internet, has been hit with a lawsuit over a trademark dispute surrounding its new Timeline owns the U.S. trademarks for “Timelines,” “Timelines.com” and “Timelines&design.”
Facebook Timeline, will be rolled out over the coming weeks, which will transforms Facebook user’s profile into a virtual scrapbook that lays out their digital history.
Timelines.com, on the other hand, is a website that allow users to view and create multimedia timelines for historical events such as the death of Osama Bin Laden and others. Timelines.com owns the US copyright for “Timelines,” “Timelines.com” and “Timelines&design” respectively.
Timelines.com assert that Facebook’s launch of Timeline in the weeks to come infringes upon its trademarks, according to a post from Mashable. Also, Facebook in its race to bring down the company image, deleted Timelines’s official facebook profile page which is at https://facebook.com/timelines and redirected it back to an introduction page for facebook’s new users registration page, though, Facebook has restore back the page as the time of this publication.
As at of Friday’s afternoon, Timelines facebook page is doing fine until the sudden change.
Details of the law suit filled against Facebook in the U.S. District Court for Chicago are as follow:
“Facebook’s use of the term “Timeline,” and its redirection of Internet traffic from Timelines’ Facebook page to Facebook’s new “Timeline” offering, infringes on Timelines’ federally registered trademarks in that it causes confusion as to the source of the services offered to users of the Internet. Indeed, Facebook’s “Timeline” offering and its misdirection of users attempting to access Timelines’ offering is intended to prevent Internet users from accessing information about Timelines.com and to allow users to instead use Facebook’s “Timeline” offering.”
Facebook has been dealing with many lawsuits for a very long time even in its young age (many of them from the Winklevoss twins), many of them are what facebook won, but this one might present facebook a stiff challenge.
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