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Facebook Faces Lawsuit Over Like Button

Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the most popular feature, the “like” button and other features of the social network.

Rembrandt Social Media has filed the lawsuit against the social media giant. Rembrandt claims that Facebook’s success is owed, at least in part, to patents belonging to Dutch programmer Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer, who … died in 2004!

like_facebookRembrandt is alleging that Facebook violated business law by using van der Meer’s technology without permission. Facebook declined to comment, but a lawyer for Rembrandt, which owns the patents, said that the patents “represent an important foundation of social media.”

Van Der Meer, who was awarded the patents in 1998, several years before Facebook was created, launched his own – unsuccessful – social network: Surfbook, a “social diary” that, according to Rembrandt’s attorneys, allowed people to share information and approve data with a Like button.

But today Van Der Meer is dead so why does he care about lawsuits?
Some times, people want credit for their work. And other times, patent holding companies want money for those people’s work. Even when they’re dead!


This is not the first time the social networking website has been involved in patent and copyright lawsuits. Following Facebook’s rise to fame, founder, chairman and chief executive of the site Mark Zuckerberg was sued by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who claimed that their idea for ConnectU was stolen by Zuckerberg. The three attended Harvard University at the same time, and the twins hired Zuckerberg to help them program their social media site. The lawsuit was settled for $65 million.

How much will it be here?

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One Comment on “Facebook Faces Lawsuit Over Like Button”

  1. Sunny Ramity March 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait ..

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