Jul 102009
 July 10, 2009  Posted by  Business, Court, Featured News, Online

Power.com is fighting back against Facebook’s lawsuit (pdf). Today, Power.com filed a response and countersuit (pdf).

In the filing, Power.com claims that some of the actions attributed to Power.com by Facebook, such as sending out emails to contacts, actually were the doing of Facebook itself and that it was Facebook itself which inserts the Facebook email address and “team” sig line. The filing also claims that Facebook is essentially complaining about Power.com doing exactly what Facebook does. Facebook allows users to import contacts from other email accounts but is seemingly trying to block Power.com from also serving an aggregator function.

Dismissing Facebook’s copyright and trademark infringement claims in relatively short order by pointing out that Facebook does not provide even one element to support its claims, Power.com focuses on user ownership of and control of data, and asserts that everything it is doing is done with the content owner’s consent — unlike Facebook, it says, which is allegedly trying to stop its users from exerting such control if they wish to use Power.com’s service.

Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch provides a recap of the lawsuits to date and his perspective on the lawsuits.

Facebook did not respond to a request for a comment on Power.com’s filing or lawsuit by the time of publication.

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