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The German company that is the subject of an intellectual property lawsuit from social networking firm Facebook has said the case is without merit.
Facebook's complaint, filed in a California federal court, accuses Studivz of copying the look, feel, features and services of Facebook.
It is also seeking compensation, to be determined at a trial.
Studivz said it had not been served with any court papers and that the Facebook claims were without merit.
that screenshot was once (also) published at Spiegel Online, the online division of german news magazin Der Spiegel, though I don't know if they took it themselves, thus not absolutely sure if it's really authentic.
7:55AM Friday June 27, 2008 By Eric Auchard: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of cash and stock to settle a long- running legal battle over whether founder Mark Zuckerberg stole ideas for the site from fellow Harvard students, according to freshly-released court documents.
Can someone steal something you stole from someone else?
Mirroring features is not the same as cutting and pasting code.
That said I'd be pretty hacked off if someone came along and mirrored all the features on my website*.
*Actually my Italian friend tried that on his latest ill-fated web-project the month before last and when I pulled him up on it, he had the cheek to suggest "you should-a focus on-a something else-a in your life-a now." Outrageous.
Is it legal? I'm not really qualified to say. But I am interested in how this story will unfold. I think in this case, I'll be cheering for F8.
Maybe Yahoo! could sue Google and MSFT and then Google could sue MSFT for creating similar search engines.
The shopping enignes could all have one big slugfest and sue each other for providing similar features to display pictures and products and faciliate comparison shopping by consumers.
Sure there are lots of similar social networking sites, but it seems this one is a deliberate attempt at making an identical copy. I donít think Facebook are out sue the competition, anyone in their position would be pretty annoyed and would do the same.
Facebook should face it: They were simply too slow to conquer some markets, including lucrative ones such as the German-speaking world, comprising of 100 million fairly wealthy consumers..