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Author:   harbin
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 10:41am (PST)
Subject:   Facebook sued over 'like' button
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Facebook sued over 'like' button

Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the "like" button and other features of the social network.

It is being sued by a patent-holding company acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer called Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer.

Rembrandt Social Media said Facebook's success was based, in part, on using two of Mr Van Der Meer's patents without permission.

Facebook said it had no comment to make on the lawsuit or its claims.

A lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Virginia by Rembrandt Social Media.

"We believe Rembrandt's patents represent an important foundation of social media as we know it, and we expect a judge and jury to reach the same conclusion based on the evidence," said lawyer Tom Melsheimer from legal firm Fish and Richardson, which represents the patent holder.

Rembrandt now owns patents for technologies Mr Van Der Meer used to build a fledgling social network, called Surfbook, before his death in 2004.

Mr Van Der Meer was granted the patents in 1998, five years before Facebook first appeared.

Surfbook was a social diary that let people share information with friends and family and approve some data using a "like" button, according to legal papers filed by Fish and Richardson.Facebook sued over 'like' button

The papers also say Facebook is aware of the patents as it has cited them in its own applications to patent some social networking technologies.

Also cited in the same legal claim was another social media company called Add This.
SAUCE






Author:   tekmosis
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 2:43pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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Just another patent troll. US patent system is a *bleep*ing joke. I can't see this going very far.



Author:   walnuts
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 2:44pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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quote tekmosis
Just another patent troll. US patent system is a *bleep*ing joke. I can't see this going very far.


Hopefully it's thrown out in court - another waste of the legal system's time.



Author:   Game Over
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 2:49pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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tekmosis
What does it mean when you are on the "neostaff"?

tek edit: PikaPower; it means I work for the company.

On topic:
How long has the Facebook like button been here? Now some person decides to sue them?

edit: Lucky.
tekmosis



Author:   Wesker Child
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 3:05pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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Tekmosis when will you capitalise the T in your name? Not very professional for someone who's Neostaff.



Author:   walnuts
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 3:07pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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quote Wesker Child
Tekmosis when will you capitalise the T in your name? Not very professional for someone who's Neostaff.
He's fine just the way he is



Author:   Ascii
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 3:10pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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quote walnuts
quote Wesker Child
Tekmosis when will you capitalise the T in your name? Not very professional for someone who's Neostaff.
He's fine just the way he is
Saw that coming



Author:   Lukas
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 3:12pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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quote tekmosis
Just another patent troll. US patent system is a *bleep*ing joke. I can't see this going very far.
yep this p much. I honestly have no idea why else you'd wait this long to sue a very popular site for an overly abundant feature.



Author:   tekmosis
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 5:01pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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quote Wesker Child
Tekmosis when will you capitalise the T in your name?
never.



Author:   harbin
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 5:33pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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TBH it is refreshing to see someone sue the big bad American company for a change, even though the thing is very insignificant.



Author:   DragonSlayer45
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 8:10pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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America - The land of the free... and the lawsuits.



Author:   Lyonnais
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 9:00pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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So you can't actually have a "Like Button" without having to go through a Dutch holding company.




Aight.



Author:   Dreadlock Holiday
Date:   Feb 11, 13 at 11:44pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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quote Lyonnais
So you can't actually have a "Like Button" without having to go through a Dutch holding company.




Aight.
What a badass, you are my hero Lyonnais.

I thought this was a joke when I saw the title, then read the article, and found out it was serious.
This surely won't go far at all.



Author:   Distortion
Date:   Feb 12, 13 at 12:03am (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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Frivolous is the only word to describe this.



Author:   Chobi
Date:   Feb 12, 13 at 1:07am (PST)
Subject:   re: Facebook sued over 'like' button
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quote tekmosis
quote Wesker Child
Tekmosis when will you capitalise the T in your name?
never.
You rebel. <3


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