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Facebook is suing Faceporn for alleged trademark infringement. The social networking giant claims Faceporn copied its logo, aspects of its blue and white page design and other trademarks. A statement on faceporn.com says: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, faceporn is down until further notice. We are doing our best to come back …

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"...tarnish our brand..."

That's our job. Bitch!

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I hadn't heard if it either

and I seriously doubt that many people had. But now they do. I wonder when internet companies will realise that there's pretty much no such thing as bad publicity on the web. It's all, simply, publicity so shouting about something you don't want people to know about is kinda counter productive.

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Paris Hilton

I think you meant to say...

Facebook is going to pound Faceporn, but Faceporn likes to be treated rough and will just scream for more.

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So Facebook thinks...

it's so like a porn site that users of FacePorn might get confused.

Yep that seams about right.

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"Facebook of Sex"

Odd that the ubiquitous banner ads for the similarly infringing "Facebook of Sex" have been around for so long.

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Same thing I thought

I somehow find the "Facebook of Sex" thingy a worst trademark violation than "faceporn". To be fair, I thought those were some kind of XKCD invention, until I actually stumbled into one of those ads.

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Unhappy

Podium?

Podium - WTF?

What on earth do the guys that win races stand on in the future?

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They should get one of those...

...pedal-stools.

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To be fair....

To be fair, the porn industry is well-known for playing off other people's trademarks. The fact that Hollywood generally leaves them alone is no real excuse.

And considering the minor role face plays in porn, it's not hard to twig what they're up to.

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errrr

Never mind....

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To be fair ....

Hollywood (and I do like that name) figured out a long time ago that there's no such thing as bad publicity - if Facebonk ^H^H^Hook had ignored FacePorn then the site would have probably sunk without a trace ... or else FacePorn would been force to sue FaceBook for "passing off" to get publicity.

I have to admit that my first thought was that "FacePorn" was some kind of PhotoShopped site ... that's got to be one of the dumbest web site names in history ... "YouPorn" on the other hand has much better "visuals" upon first hearing.

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Unaware

"Vulture Towers is ashamed to admit it was unaware of Faceporn until earlier today."

As was I. I'm going to take a look at it now.. hmmm

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Remember they have to...

One of the principles of trademark law is that you must defend it or lose any protection under the law. In order to retain trademark Facebook have to defend every potential infringement.

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WTF?

no way why would that be?

You mean lawyers who most politicians are write laws that put a tax on companies to force them to pay lawyers to defend their business models. IMHO most of the corruption in Western culture can be directly and indirectly to greedy lawyers who put a tax on anything and everything everyone else does.

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This is like

That other story with the guy losing the ryanairarerubbish url or whatever it was.

How many of these urls can we find to force facebook to registering them if only to stop other people registering them.

FaceSlap

FaceCrap

FaceAss

FaceCock

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Troll

How about...

FacePod

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or FacePad?

... for heavy verbal diarrhea days ...

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Sir

So, who gets to sue www.myface.com ?

Myspace or Facebook?

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Paris Hilton

Oooh, lemme think...

BOTH!

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Coat

poke-her-face.com

... gets coat and heads for door...

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Paris Hilton

Dereliction of duty

"Vulture Towers is ashamed to admit it was unaware of Faceporn until earlier today."

I thought that was your job, guys? Keeping on top of this sort of thing so your loyal readers didn't have to. Honestly. Now I'm going to have to spend more of my own time browsing porn sites online so that I know my awareness is up-to-scratch...

I hope you're happy now.

Pff.

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Dead Vulture

Yeah...

Speaking of which, I haven't seen El Reg doing any coverage of the new issue of the Russian Maxim, you know, the one with our favorite spy Ms. Chapman on the cover and all that. Tsc tsc.

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Nothing to be ashamed of really.

"......is unclear. Vulture Towers is ashamed to admit it was unaware of Faceporn until earlier today. "

Nor was I, now the far more important issue, when is it coming up again?

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As soon as...

"...now the far more important issue, when is it coming up again?" ... the fluffer arrives and warms up her hands.

Chuck us me coat, I'd like to leave before the fluffer arrives.

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"Faceporn" is...

...either unclear on the concept, or something so ghastly that I can't imagine it - and please don't help me.

The first couple of times somebody explained "teabagging", I was appalled. Then I forgot what it meant. Now I'm taking care not to find out again. Luckily that isn't very difficult.

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Paris Hilton

'The first couple of times somebody explained "teabagging", I was appalled.'

Really Robert?

Did they explain by doing a demonstration on you or something? (and if so it's interesting that you asked them to explain it a couple of times!)

If not you'd better get the Australian government to come round and install some filters on your internet pretty quick as there are much, much more disturbing things people can get up to.

Some of them even take their socks off and keep the lights on while doing them!

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I'm a tea drinker, Republicans are now The Tea Party, it came up, yikes.

If what you're thinking of doesn't leave a brown stain on the saucer then we are talking about different things.

I'm open minded about what consenting adults may do but with an exception against humiliation just for the sake of it, which is what... I'm trying not to remember. What was put to me was just so far from sex that I don't even understand it.

So, anyway, Faceporn... if they are doing some or most of what Facebook does, but with the added element of porn, then Facebook are reasonably aggrieved.

But if they are doing porn of the face, I say, "Hey! Eyes down -there-, lady!"

Well, it's not that I don't consider the face to be an important and attractive feature of human beings. However, in much of graphical erotica, faces show rather clearly that the people involved are not enjoying the event as much as you, the spectator, were hoping to. This appeals to some, but I find it discouraging, and, in fact, I disapprove.

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"the people involved are not enjoying the event as much as you"

Substantially correct.

That's because it is a job, done for money.

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Bwahahhahaaaaahhaaa

"and dilute and tarnish our brand "

See title...

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@bobbles31

FacePlant - redirect for when it falls over

FaceOff - for the lawsuits

FaceInating - because it really isn't

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FaceT

Some aspect of.

Or maybe the combined site for two of the A-Team's members.

Then of course being FaceTious means you might have to FaceTheConsequences.

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Come on...

...No-one could get confused between the two sites.

After all, one is entirely about the exploitation of people who don't know better and is visited by sad, lonely wankers who sit in darkened rooms furtively clicking links, pretending it in some way adds a sense of fulfilment to their empty lives..

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... c'mon, c'mon

..... and the other is presumably some sort of porn site. (cue musical sting/ trombones/kazoo).

Sorry I'm on dangling innuendo partol....

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Question

".No-one could get confused between the two sites.

After all, one is entirely about the exploitation of people who don't know better and is visited by sad, lonely wankers who sit in darkened rooms furtively clicking links, pretending it in some way adds a sense of fulfilment to their empty lives.."

You ARE talking about Facebook, right? :) Ric

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Oh, Ms Streisand, you've done it again

I'd never heard of FacePorn until I read this.

Do we need a Barbra Streisand icon?

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Damn

You beat me to the Streisand Effect reference, I was wondering how long it'd take!

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dilute and tarnish our brand

In that case Facebook, if your brand becomes tarnished, I suggest you use turd polish because No amount of polishing your brand will prevent people from realising, it is in fact, a Turd.

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Faceporn

I want facebook and all its assets for using a part of my body in its name (face) these companys neeed to F off, all they care about in money. Wouldent use facebook even if they payed me either usless fkers.

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Title

Shouldn't that title be: "Facebook GOES down hard on Faceporn" ?

Oh, I don't know - maybe right the first time!

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Thanks

For the heads up on the new porn site

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Unhappy

Another American outfit claiming copyright to the dictionary

The only commonality between Facebook and Faceporn is the word 'face' which is so common it must have been used for every human ever born and well before Zucker whatnot was born.

As for the colours they are suddenly people can't use the same colour? Maybe I sould think about that next time I sample a web page colou palette that I find pleasing.

The logo's are likely the only thing that the court could get upset about.

The dictionary should remain public domain, if someone wants a unique word, let them work on it, just like Exxon or Lenovo did.

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Never heard of face port

But I'll contribute to their legal fund on principal.

Facebook need to fuck themselves..... but wait they are already fucking their users ....

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You forgot

the obligatory XKCD reference:

http://xkcd.com/624/

Because, er, lesbians.

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Coat

Going after Apple next?

After all, they have FaceTime.

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lamebook,com

Apparently OK.

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Stop

the article

...misses part of the point in that the Good Ol' US of A operates a "Protect it or Lose it" policy when it comes to trademark infringement. If Facebook had not initiated legal action they might have diluted or even removed the rights they currently have to their brand image. I think these alone are sufficient grounds to justify the piles and piles of litigation over trademarks in the USA.

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