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Stupid YouTube Lawsuit of the Day

And for once it does not involve YouTube being on the receiving end. After all the stupid lawsuits directed at YouTube, you would think that the powers that be at Google would have more sense than to throw out the kind of lawsuits that Microsoft routinely does. But nooooo.

According to the Inside Google blog, Google is suing some website called JewTube which features Jewish comedy videos.

This is of course exactly the kind of idiotic lawsuit that fosters the whole problem of trademarks in the first place. Why is it idiotic?

The first test is that a lawsuit over a trademark loses all credibility when there is no conceivable way anyone could possible confuse the two organizations. That’s the case here. Is anything really going to think YouTube and JewTube are associated? Maybe if they’re mentally retarded.

Since YouTube has become popular, there have been dozens of sites launched with Tube in their names. Some allow you to download YouTube videos. Some are video sharing communities targeting specific demographics. Some just feature videos. Most are not going to be confused with YouTube.

Corporate abuse of trademarks has become increasingly ridiculous over the years. For all of Google’s complaints about the frivolous lawsuits directed at it, Google has no trouble engaging in frivolous lawsuits of its own. Is it really under the impression that it owns any variation of ‘Tube” or that any generic Web 2.0 logo that uses *gasp* some sort of oval box is now its private property.

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