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    Google unhappy with rude copycat

    Google, the world's most popular internet search engine, has issued a legal warning to a rude copycat website - pornography-based Booble.

    Bosses at Google are demanding that Booble, which allows users to search for adult products, changes its name and identity. The Booble webpage, which was launched last week, currently looks very similar to that of Google's. Booble insists it is merely a harmless parody.

    Google, which according to press reports has delayed plans to float next week on the New York Stock Exchange, has issued a writ against Booble. The legal document calls on the pornography site to "permanently refrain" from using Google's name or any variation on it "that is likely to cause confusion or dilution". US-based Booble replied by asserting its right to parody under the first amendment. "The entire universe gets the joke. Only a lawyer could say 'Booble' without smiling," it said.

    Or apparently a senior Google executive. The search engine is refusing to accept that Booble is harmless mimicry. "For a work to constitute a parody, it must use some elements of a prior author's composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on the original author's works," Google said in a formal reply to the pornography site.

    Booble, which launched on 20 January, said it has proved so popular that the site has collapsed twice because of overuse.

    BBC News

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    Old and Cranky Super Moderator rik's Avatar
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    Google has "better" search results usually anyway

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    I just tried "Booble", 0 results for Tera Patrick! They're a lousy search engine!

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    Old and Cranky Super Moderator rik's Avatar
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    But I sure like their icon...

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    I dont see how booble infringes on google.. They are totally different, expect for that logo..

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    Lindows vs Windows. Same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSNwar
    Lindows vs Windows. Same thing.
    Does lindows have pron too??


    j/k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Booger
    I dont see how booble infringes on google.. They are totally different, expect for that logo..
    It is however an obvious method of getting the unsuspecting user to see pr0n. B is right next to G on the QWERTY keyboard so if a user mistypes Google, they get Booble and may not realise until it's too late.

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    Hmm should be interesting to see if Booble wins this one.If anything Boobles layout may have to change but as mentioned by Boogs the two are not the same.
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    It will be a good battle to watch, i wonder if it will be with Wet Sand, watered White T-Shirts or good old Mud ??

    Also though, BooBle needs to be careful, a few cases went against a man who had domain names with slight mispellings of popular sites and contained XXX, well he got sued and had to shut up shop.

    Hmmm.... try yahhoo.com etc.

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