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Facebook is Being Sued Over the ‘Like Button’

By on February 12, 2013

The social network, Facebook, is being sued over the ‘Like Button’. The famous thumbs-up was invented by a Dutch programmer in 1998, five years before Facebook’s launch.

Rembrandt Social Media, a company that owns patents, has sued Facebook for allegedly violating its copyrights to use the “I like” and to create a system of user interaction.

The two demands made by Rembrandt Social Media is backed by the relatives of Joannes Everardus Jozef Van Der Meer and say the Dutch, who died in 2004, created a system by which users can interact with the pages of Facebook.

According to Social Media assures Rembrandt, Van Der Meer created the concept of “online diary”. Even thinking about a business opportunity, he founded a company called Aduna and registered the domain www.surfbook.com.

Another patent violated, according to the complaint, is the inclusion of the buttons “like” and “share” and demand that Facebook adds knew Pat Van Der Meer, since one of them was cited in a patent by the company entered Mark Zuckerberg last year, reported Arstechnica.

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