Yahoo is suing Facebook, but have they gone too far? In my personal opinion, yes. When it comes to the world wide web, how can one company patent so many patents that should be public domain for the world to use?
Now that Facebook has gotten big and decided to go public with the new Profiles, Yahoo decides to join the excitement and sue them. Why is this a big deal? According to Facebook, “We’re disappointed that Yahoo, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation.”
Yahoo has been pulling the plug on it’s services one by one lately in an attempt to stay afloat. Little do they realize, this is hurting them in the long run. Because certain users of Yahoo only use certain features. If Yahoo pulled Flickr today, I’d probably stop using them. Although I’m still debating on not using Flickr anyway because of Yahoo’s actions. This is childish. Here is an excerpt from an article that I read….
“Yahoo has kicked off the biggest patent battle in social networking history by suing Facebook over 10 patents. Facebook pledged to defend itself forcefully amid speculation Yahoo is trying new ways to raise funds as its ship is sinking.
The Yahoo Inc. lawsuit filed Monday covers advertising, privacy controls and social networking. The move comes after the former web giant threatened to sue Facebook last month, saying it would seek licensing fees from the social network over the use of its patents.Yahoo also said other companies have already agreed to such licensing deals.
It is reported that only two of the 10 patents at issue are directly related to social networking technology. For example, one patent cited by Yahoo covers a method for people to communicate through a virtual entity, “enabling users to easily share their experiences,” according to patent filings. The rest concern online advertising, including methods for preventing “click fraud,” as well as privacy and technology for customizing the information users see on a Web page.”
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