Facebook Timeline Lawsuit Will Move Forward, Judge Denies Dismissal Request


Facebook Timeline Lawsuit

The Facebook Timeline lawsuit filed by Timelines, Inc. is moving forward. The social network attempted to have the copyright lawsuit thrown out of a court but a judge on Monday ruled in favor of the prosecution.

Timelines, Inc., is a website that was created in 2009. The platform allows users to create visual timelines for events of their choosing.

The lawsuit was filed almost the moment Facebook Timelines were announced and released to the public. The Facebook Timeline feature much like Timelines, Inc. allows users to create visual timelines of their Facebook post history.

Facebook attempted to counter-suie Timelines, Inc., claiming that its trademarks weren’t distinct enough to warrant protection.

U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah ruled on Monday that Facebook failed to show the disputed trademarks were in fact generic. The case against Facebook will now begin on April 22.

Speaking to Bloomberg News an attorney for Timelines, Inc., said he was “happy” with the judges ruling.

Timelines, Inc. is seeking damages equal to all of the ad revenue collected by Facebook since it rolled out the Timeline feature.


James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.

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