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Facebook Stole the Idea of Like Button

Facebook Stole the Idea of Like Button

Added: Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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The most popular social networking service Facebook is currently in trouble with a Dutch company which claims to have a patent on its “Like” button.

Media reports confirmed that a patent-holding firm which cooperated with the widow and family of a Dutch computer programmer has sued the social network for infringing two patents. Rembrandt Social Media owned patents from a social networking pioneer who developed an early “online diary” software. Now it requires unspecified royalties from the giant.

The now-dead Dutch developer, Joannes Jozef Everardus Van Der Meer, is known as a “pioneer in the development of user-friendly online technologies” who invented a diary in the Internet. According to Rembrandt’s lawyer, Tom Melsheimer, the programmer’s idea was to publish and share data with a select group of users and the ability to link in other types of data.

The Dutch developer founded a company named Aduna and began work on implementing his ideas in two patents, registered as numbers 6,289,362 and 6,415,316. At the time Van Der Meer registered surfbook.com domain, but it remained unclear what, if anything, he did with it – in fact, he died in June 2004, perhaps before he could do anything with the website.

Facebook was launched in 2003 and appeared similar to Van Der Meer’s idea – both in terms of functionality and technical implementation it corresponded to the personal online page diary that Van Der Meer had invented.

Another company called AddThis is also named in the lawsuit. Industry observers point out that this isn’t the case of a patent troll coming up with a way of squeezing cash from a firm with a previously unknown patent. It is clear that the social network knew about the Van Der Meer patents, because one of them was even cited in a Facebook patent of 2012.

According to the Rembrandt Social Media’s lawyer, the outfit is pretty committed to the idea of finding inventors which have both a compelling story to tell and a patent that is important or core to some widely used technology. Tom Melsheimer expects the programmer’s relatives and former colleagues to testify about the importance of his invention. In case they win, Van Der Meer’s heirs, and the anonymous owner of Rembrandt IP can claim monopoly rights to an “online diary” until 2021.

February 28th,2013

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Date:  Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Comments (22) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-02-28 17:23:40)
Mistermastamind avatarWow this is just coming about after 10 years smh.

posted by (2013-03-01 01:37:02)
Solcis avatarRembrandt Social Media and every other copyright troll should just die. DIE, DIE, DIE.

"At the time Van Der Meer registered surfbook.com domain, but it remained unclear what, if anything, he did with it..."

If you own a patent and don't create anything with it, GTFO! Again, DIE, DIE, DIE!!!

posted by (2013-03-01 01:44:19)
Solcis avatarSorry, I said "copyright" when I should have said intellectual property. IP includes these idiot patents, as well as copyright.

posted by (2013-03-01 06:40:00)
abcformh avatarhum

posted by Blocked (2013-03-01 15:10:20)
phen0m avatarsolcis you need to get either a life or laid Rembrandt Social Media and every other copyright troll should just die. DIE, DIE, DIE.

"At the time Van Der Meer registered surfbook.com domain, but it remained unclear what, if anything, he did with it..."

If you own a patent and don't create anything with it, GTFO! Again, DIE, DIE, DIE!!!

wow is all i can say

posted by (2013-03-01 20:33:09)
larrythompson avatar... is there anything created from the scratch ?

posted by (2013-03-01 22:44:01)
hairpin100 avatarSo Solcis, if you owned a Ferrari and didn`t drive it, you wouldn`t mind me coming along and thieving it then would you.

posted by (2013-03-01 23:07:49)
alfranatic avatarPerfectly timed.Kudos & pay up Facebook.
BTW..Apple's famous design..
Yeah,made in Germany.

posted by (2013-03-02 01:43:54)
Qu137Ch405 avatar@hairpin100 - If I could hit "Like" on your comment without breaking patent laws, believe me I would.

posted by (2013-03-02 02:33:15)
Solcis avatarWOW. People here are defending a ridiculous patent for a Like button on a site dedicated to IP infringement. You're joking. Right? RIGHT??? The next thing is you'll start defending patents on lifeforms and genes. That's it!

Keeping throwing stones in glass houses...

posted by (2013-03-02 02:55:12)
Solcis avatarAnd hairpin, nice straw man there. To make it 100% clear: if you own a patent and don't create, or attempt to create, anything with it over a set period of time, then you shouldn't be able to punish someone much later on for violating it. I did NOT say that if you OWN something that YOU bought, but don't use it, that someone should be able to seize it from you. That's an insane, communist-style argument that is ***nowhere near*** what I said, implied, or believe in!!!

Now, if you want to still compare a Ferrari (a scarce, intrinsically valuable, unique, material good) with a patent on a Like button (a government-granted monopoly on an unoriginal, intrinsically near-worthless, non-scarce idea), well... then keep smokin it!

posted by (2013-03-02 15:21:22)
acebishop avatarwow !!

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-03-02 17:52:12)
milo33 avatar@ 6, YEAH, MY DOG LOOKIN`

posted by (2013-03-02 22:41:51)
alfranatic avatarI know for a fact,that a patent for making fish absolutely resistable against nearly every desease known today,was bought and now is owned by Hoechts Farma.

Hoechts Switzerland is one of the leading manufacturers of antibiotics (for fish??)
The patent is laying on a shelf for over 30 years.!!!!

I'd like to use it,in fact we did (in Norway)..
I was visited by MIB,who asked me why we didn't order any antibiotics at all.
...well..ahum..we do now..absolutely...no problemo...come on ..using some old patented proces...no.no. noway..Norway..such big guys..such a big company ( and a very fine,respectable one i must say)..

posted by (2013-03-03 05:25:15)
Solcis avatarOh yes, Hoechst. One of the 4 companies that originally founded IG Farben, which was the industrial engine behind Nazi Germany. If it weren't for them, Hitler would've never gotten the money he needed to rise to power. IG Farben headquarters was left completely untouched during World War II, despite everything else around it being bombed into oblivion.

Hoechst merged with a French company in 1999 to become Aventis. Then Aventis became Sanofi-Aventis after another merger in 2004. Of course, their unused patents are still completely valid. They must have thousands of them. So buy their antibiotics. Or else!!

posted by (2013-03-03 20:19:43)
skeletron avatarThe problem here is that the original patent holder is dead and now his broke ass family is trying to cash in on something as simple as a like button...Do patent's really transfer to next of kin? So Thomas Edison's great great great great great grandson can sue a new light bulb company?

posted by Turtle (2013-03-04 08:46:23)
magengar avatarI'd like to patent my left booger....... but I still haven't sneezed it yet.

(well, okay, I tried injecting some humor into this. Failed. lol)

posted by (2013-03-04 10:35:51)
Solcis avatar"Do patent's really transfer to next of kin?"

Yes. Remember what the 'P' stands for in IP: property. And property is fully transferable at any time, especially at death by way of a will.

"So Thomas Edison's great great great great great grandson can sue a new light bulb company?"

If our current patent laws had existed 100 years ago, then Edison would've gained A LOT more power than he did. General Electric, one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, which was formed by Edison to market his inventions, would be much, much larger than it already is. And all competing technologies would never have been allowed to come to market. The government protection racket at its finest.

posted by (2013-03-06 08:10:29)
CRA_sK avatarSolcis you seem to have a lot say
two every one

Any way so if have like button (of any kind) on my
website I get sued, that kinda sucks

posted by (2013-03-06 22:36:38)
Solcis avatar"CRA_sK avatar Solcis you seem to have a lot say
two every one"

Of course I do. This lawsuit is complete garbage!

posted by (2013-03-07 07:11:37)
No avatar"but it remained unclear what, if anything, he did with it" at what point does it say the he DIDN'T do anything with it...."unclear" so they cant prove that he did or didn't use it

posted by (2013-03-07 07:44:27)
superlativebeing avatarGod knows....

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