Facebook claims rights over 'book' on social networking sites

<p>Facebook has sued a website for teachers called Teachbook, claiming Facebook owns the term &#39;book&#39; when it comes to naming social networking sites, reports Wired. But the networking site said it would not have a complaint &quot;against Kelly Blue Book or Green Apple Books or others&quot;.</p><p>In the lawsuit, filed this week, Facebook claimed that the &quot;book component of the FaceBook mark&quot; was &quot;highly distinctive in the context of online communities and networking websites&quot;. It argued that if other sites were to use the term &quot;book&quot; the suffix book &quot;could become a generic terms for &#39;online community/networking services&#39; or &#39;social networking services&#39;&quot;, which would &quot;dilute the distinctiveness of the FaceBook marks, impairing their ability to function as unique and distinctive indentifiers of Facebook&#39;s goods and services&quot;.<br /><br />Facebook&rsquo;s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and demands a judge order Teachbook, to immediately cease using &ldquo;book&rdquo; in its name. Barry Schnitt, a Facebook spokesman, told Wired: &quot;Of course the Teachbook folks are free to create an online network for teachers or whomever, and we wish them well in that endeavor. What they are not free to do is trade on our name or dilute our brand while doing so.&quot;</p>