Two weeks ago, Facebook filed suit against Faceporn at U. District Court in Northern California, claiming trademark infringement.In Facebook's court filing, the company stated that Faceporn "blatantly copied the Facebook logo, site and Wall trademark" while showing screenshots that exemplified Faceporn's blue-and-white color palette, Wall-style postings, and where users could send a "flirt" -- even though in this instance, you would think a "poke" would be more appropriate. " In the meantime, Facebook wants the court to order Faceporn to turn over the domain and all of Faceporn's revenue.I'd like to introduce Violet Blue, our newest Tech Broiler guest columnist.You might remember when I had Violet as a podcast subject when we discussed the various control mechanisms for restricting explicit content and ebooks on Apple's devices during the launch of the i Pad back in March of this year.
Maybe to join groups that Facebook never allows, or has a reputation for deleting without notice despite their popularity.Faceporn, in their second Tweet ever, made a tiny peep on October 20 saying, "Forced to close down for a while, due to unforeseen circumstances. As many people know, Facebook has not hesitated in the past to take action over what it deems as potentially violating Facebook's trademark and intellectual property.Last August Facebook sued a company called Teach Book with the claim that the site's use of the word "book" violated the Facebook trademark.Lots of people want a MMORPG with adult themes; why not give them what they want in a context that feels safe and familiar (and charge for it)?A visit to the ideal adult social network would combine the best aspects of what Facebook offers with sensibilities that encourage you to be a horny, inquisitive adult. A strong safety net to keep the site free of minors and criminals.Some might argue that it's an easy enough mistake to make as Facebook itself is so attractive, alluring, seductive and easy to use -- it could even be considered addictive.Those may also be the very same people who present similar arguments to their wives that the charges on their credit cards to Faceporn must have been made by someone else.Well, fake friends and real friends, but you get the message. Some of them are my friends, some of them I've dated.People probably aren't putting up altered pictures all over Facebook. Just take a look at your Facebook feed today when you go home. Pick someone out and find a post that resonates with you, then make a comment underneath it. If someone is interesting on Facebook, I'll comment; I'll add them as a friend.Surely, these well-meaning would-be Faceporners saw something they liked, something that might have even turned them on more than a blue-and-white color scheme, Wall-style posts, and the ever-arousing threat of having your personal information sold to advertisers.After all, you'd think that people would hand over their credit cards for a little more than a "flirt" even if they were pretty sure they're not going to actually get a "poke" out of it.