Facebook Like Button Gets Sued More
Feb 21,2013 0 Comments
Facebook like button has been a hit with users from the beginning. A small clickable icon with the symbol of a thumb is clicked daily by millions of people. Not to credit the billions of dollars it has generated for the social web site.
Offense Charges Against Facebook
February 5, Virginia, Rembrandt Social Media, LLC, filed a complaint against Facebook for its use of Like button. Rembrandt acquired a patent for SurfBook the programmer and creator of the deceased Dutch newspaper office, Joannes Everardus Jozef van der Meer. Van Der Meer has applied for the patent in 1998 and it was granted in 2002, only two years before his death, which took him before the end of his work.
According to Rembrandt, Van Der Meer was a pioneer who paved the way for social media as we know it. His creation, SurfBook was the first newspaper office in line with the ability to share content and other information related to a small group. In the content of the patent, van der Meer also included a like button would allow users to approve data SurfBook other users and content.
Other Sites Use As Buttons
Until now, Facebook has declined to comment on the lawsuit.There are a number of social sites that have integrated a button like in their characteristics. However, legal action is brought against one other enterprise social media, Add This, to make use of patents without authorization.
Rembrandt believes that Like button is to thank for at least part of the success of sites accused. Attorney Tom Melsheimer, Rembrandt’s lawyer said: “We believe Rembrandt patent represents an important foundation of social media as we know it, and we expect a judge and jury to draw the same conclusion based on evidence.”
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