Facebook loses copyright .
Social media major Facebook has lost a copyright infringement case against Italian social media company Climbook. Facebook had filed a legal complaint against the company in 2015. It has alleged that Climbook was similar in its “structural, visual, phonetic, and conceptual” design. Italy’s patent office ruled that it is “highly improbable” for an average user to confuse between the two brands.
Complaints of Tech Giant against not-for-profit company in 2015
- It was too similar in its “structural, visual, phonetic, and conceptual” design.
- The services it offered were “partly similar” to those provided by Facebook, which could confuse users.
The patent office of Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development ruled that it is “highly improbable”. This will confuse users between the two brands and the site could continue to exist under the same name.
Climbook is a site built around the climbing community. An Italian mountain guide Alessandro Lamberti, launched it in 2013, according to its Facebook page. It provides details of climbing routes all over the world for free-climbing enthusiasts.
In a statement responding to the Ministry’s decision, the group mused over why a community of climbers without advertising, with a name that ends in ‘book’ disturbed the tech giant.
“Perhaps it was the arrogance of the powerful or perhaps just routine, but the fact is that this time the giant must lower his head and we can keep our CLIMBOOK.”
It deemed the notion that social media users would confuse the word ‘climb’ with ‘face’ as absurd. “That is, dear users and visitors of Climbook, telling us that we are all stoned and we can confuse CLIMB with FACE”, the statement said.
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