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Facebook’s 850 Million Users Agree to Not Name Things ‘Book’ or ‘Face’ – Bloomberg

Writing a self-defense manual called “Macebook”? You may want to change the name.

Facebook updated its terms of service last week to include “Book” among the trademarks that “you will not use” if you want to be able to log into your account.

“Book” adds to its other previously included trademark claims, including “Facebook,” “Face,” “Poke” and “Wall.” Are “Friends” and “Like” far behind?

“They’re really trying to rope you in with the terms of service,” said Jason Schultz, an intellectual-property professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law. “It’s pretty aggressive.”

Facebook’s legal department has been actively pursuing companies that it says violates the social network’s trademarks. With updates to its terms of service, which is the legal document that few people read before choosing to use a service, Facebook is recruiting its 850 million users as unwitting soldiers in its trademark turf war.

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment on the change. Ars Technica reported earlier on this.

via Facebook’s 850 Million Users Agree to Not Name Things ‘Book’ or ‘Face’ – Bloomberg.

Strange Random Copyright Quote:

In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented – Northrop Frye

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