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Thursday, October 24, 2013

BreakYour Facebook (.com) Infringes On The Social Media Company’s Trademarks, Facebook to Sue


Facebook Inc. (FB:US) sent a cease-and-desist e-mail to the developer of a tool that allows users to take scheduled breaks from the social media site.

The developer, Cody Romano, said on his blog that he received the e-mail from the Menlo Park, California-based company objecting to the web app he created, “Break Your Facebook.” He said he created the tool in the wake of recent revelations about the National Security Administration’s alleged snooping into users e-mail and social-media accounts, and the “frenetic pace” and “poor quality” of Facebook’s News Feed feature.

In the e-mail, Facebook said that Romano’s breakyourfacebook.com domain name infringes the social media company’s trademarks, and demanded that he quit using the name “Break Your Facebook” and disable the website.

The company also warned him not to “sell, offer to sell, or transfer” the domain name to a third party, and told him he should let his Internet domain name registration expire.

Via Bloomberg Businessweek


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